Leverkusen defender Hyypia out for several weeks

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BERLIN (Reuters) -- Bayer Leverkusen defender Sami Hyypia will be out for several weeks after tearing an ankle ligament in training before their midweek Europa League 0-0 draw at Greece's Aris Salonika, the club said on Saturday.

"The Finn tore a ligament in his left ankle in the final training session before the match against Aris, as medical tests showed upon his return to Germany," Leverkusen said in a statement.

"He will be out for several weeks."

The 37-year-old centre back, who joined Leverkusen last year after a decade at Liverpool, will not need surgery.