Leverkusen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen defender Tin Jedvaj has been ruled out for the rest of the calendar year after suffering a recurrence of a troublesome thigh injury.

The 19-year-old Croatia international only returned to first-team action as a substitute in last week’s goalless draw with Hamburger SV, having spent most of preseason on the sidelines.

Schmidt expresses concern

"It’s terrible news," said Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt ahead of Saturday’s clash with VfB Stuttgart. "Tin was fit again and we’d already planned his comeback in close coordination with the medical department. He’s suffered a recurrence of the same injury, so we’ll have to take a close look at that. When young players like Tin suffer the same injury three times, you also have to keep their careers in mind."

Jedvaj, who initially joined Leverkusen on loan from AS Roma in summer 2014 before signing a permanent deal in January 2015, has made 23 Bundesliga appearances to date.