The Subways drummer Josh Morgan is taking a leave of absence from the band as he battles Asperger's Syndrome, which has crippled him with stage fright.

The British band, which released its self-titled album earlier this month (Feb15), is slated to kick off a European tour on Tuesday (17Feb15), but Morgan's bandmates will be doing so without him as he takes time to focus on his developmental disorder, which affects his ability to effectively socialise and communicate.

On Monday (16Feb15), the band released a statement which reads: "On the current tour to promote their recent album release The Subways' drummer Josh has been struggling with debilitating stage fright brought on by his battle with Asperger's Syndrome.

"This is something that he has struggled with in the past but it has recently become significantly worse. The band have made the hard decision that Josh is to take a leave of absence for the near future to get professional advice to get him back on stage and rocking as soon as possible... The whole Subways family wish Josh a speedy return and will be working hard to achieve this."

A close friend of the band will step in for Morgan as The Subways embark on their trek in Dresden, Germany on Tuesday (17Feb15).