Hoffenheim duo sidelined with swine flu

BERLIN - Hoffenheim players Marvin Compper and Demba Ba will miss the Bundesliga club's final league match of the year against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday after contracting the H1N1 virus, the club said on Tuesday.

Striker Ba (pictured) and defender Compper will return to training on January 3. The Bundesliga resumes on January 15.

Hoffenheim are currently in seventh place on 25 points, seven off the top.