NEWCASTLE Jets defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley has been ruled out of the A-League soccer game against Sydney FC at Ausgrid Stadium on Saturday due to hamstring tendonitis.

Jets coach Gary van Egmond said the towering former Socceroo had not recovered sufficiently from the injury and would not play against his former club.

Speaking after training at Ray Watt Oval today, van Egmond indicated Taylor Regan would be Topor-Stanley’s likely replacement against the Sky Blues.

‘‘Nikolai won’t play this weekend,’’ van Egmond said.

‘‘He’s got some tendonitis high up where the hammy inserts into the buttocks area, so he won’t play this weekend …

‘‘He’s been doing well, and he’s been the backbone for a while for the team, but it gives an opportunity for Taylor Regan to come in and he’s been doing extremely well, so we’re not going to lose anything with Taylor coming in.’’