Hernandez ruled out of Darmstadt clash

Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez will miss his side’s clash with Darmstadt on Saturday after suffering a “small fibre muscle tear of the left glutes”. 

Hernandez sustained the injury during Leverkusen’s 3-1 DFB-Pokal quarter-final defeat to Bremen on Tuesday. The Mexico international converted a 22nd-minute penalty before being substituted in the 57th minute as Leverkusen were knocked out in the last eight of the cup competition for the third consecutive season.

Leverkusen have since confirmed that Hernandez will not be available for selection for Saturday’s Bundesliga clash with Darmstadt.

“We’re hoping for a speedy recovery!” Leverkusen said via their Twitter account.

Hernandez’s absence is a blow for Leverkusen, with the striker playing an instrumental role in helping Roger Schmidt’s side to fifth place on the Bundesliga points table. The 27-year-old has scored 22 goals and notched up two assists in 29 games in all competitions this season.