Jonathan Tah has missed just two league games for Bayer Leverkusen this season. - © © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Jonathan Tah has missed just two league games for Bayer Leverkusen this season. - © © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Bundesliga

Leverkusen's Tah to miss Hertha Berlin clash

Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be without defender Jonathan Tah for Saturday's home game with Hertha Berlin after the 20-year-old was struck down by a virus.

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The Hamburg native, who has missed just two league games this season, had helped Bayer keep five straight clean sheets before Matchday 31's 3-2 win at FC Schalke 04. His absence will likely mean that Brazilian utility man Andre Ramalho comes in to deputise alongside senior centre-back Ömer Toprak, with left-back Wendell also missing.

Meanwhile, Hertha have their own defensive worries after USA international John Anthony Brooks was ruled out of the trip to the BayArena with a shin injury. The Berliners, one place and six points behind third-placed Leverkusen, currently hold a one-point cushion over Borussia Mönchengladbach in their bid to claim .