Education is the priority for Kai Havertz, who has once again been released from his footballing duties with Bayer Leverkusen to focus on his exams.

The midfielder prodigy, who was left out of Leverkusen's squad for their UEFA Champions League last-16 trip to Atletico Madrid due to his studies, will now miss Die Werkself's clash with Schalke on Friday night since he instead needs to prepare for exams.

The 17-year-old was given Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday off by the Bundesliga club, who emphasised how important it was for him to get a good education.

Tweet translation: 'A good finish is important - not just on the football field. Good luck Kai Havertz with your exams!'

Coach Tayfun Korkut will therefore need to find an alternative to a shooting star who has made 21 appearances in an outstanding breakthrough campaign in which he has successfully continued his studies off the field while passing every exam on it.

Rather than training with his team-mates on Tuesday, Havertz was sitting a German exam. On Thursday, he will follow that with an exam he should have no problems in passing with flying colours - sport - before returning to training at the weekend.

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With Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez making his comeback from injury on Matchday 30, Korkut is nevertheless not short of replacements up front, even if Havertz would have been an asset in a key fixture, with Leverkusen slipping to within four points of the bottom three following defeat to Freiburg last weekend.

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