Finland's Olympic team loses Filppula and Koivu to injury

Canada's Kris Russel scuffles with Finland's Valtteri Filppula and Mikko Koivu (L-R) during their...

Canada's Kris Russel scuffles with Finland's Valtteri Filppula and Mikko Koivu (L-R) during their 2012 world championship game (Grigory Dukor/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:24 PM ET

Finland’s men’s hockey team suffered a double blow on Friday, losing two NHLers to injury.

Minnesota Wild centre Mikko Koivu and Tampa Bay Lightning centre Valtteri Filppula will both miss the Olympics because of ankle injuries.

Koivu has been out since breaking his ankle Jan. 4. The Wild captain said he plans to resume skating prior to the Wild returning to the practice ice on Feb. 19.

“I just don’t feel healthy enough to feel that I can play at the level that I want,” Koivu said in a statement.

Filppula suffered a non-displaced fracture of his ankle on Thursday night against the Maple Leafs. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

Finland hasn’t announced replacements, though Sean Bergenheim of the Florida Panthers and Jarkko Immonen (KHL) are listed as reserves.


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