Kai Havertz is ruled out of Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League game for a very unusual reason
It goes to show there are some things that even footballers can’t get out of.
Usually it’s injury or suspension that keeps a player from the pitch – it’s not often that they’re ruled out with school exams.
That’s what has happened to 17-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, who will miss his team’s return leg against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in pursuit of good grades.
Yes, born in 1999, Havertz became the Bundesliga’s youngest ever player earlier this season, but examinations wait for no man, no matter how important the fixture.
Havertz featured in two of Leverkusen’s CL group games, as well as his team’s 4-2 home defeat against Atleti.
A few fans struggled to get their head around it.
If the Champions League doesn’t get you out of revision, there can’t be many football tournaments that will.
We’re big fans of the sentiment here, however.
Havertz has featured 20 times this season for Leverkusen, notching four assists in the Bundesliga so far, but what we really want to know is how he gets on under exam conditions.
Meanwhile, Atleti will be giving Leverkusen an exam of their own at the Vicente Calderon – can they recover from two goals down?