Rangers manager Ally McCoist has confirmed star striker Nikica Jelavic will miss Saturday's SPL clash with Hibernian.
Jelavic, who has been the subject of intense transfer speculation during the transfer window, is missing due to illness.
West Ham had a bid rejected for the Croatian ace this week and McCoist insists his absence has nothing to do with a possible exit.
The Ibrox tactician insists it is factually correct Jelavic has been checked out by a doctor and will play no part due to reasons stated.
"I just spoke to the doctor and he won't be available (against Hibs)," confirmed McCoist.
"He has a bug, a bit of sickness. The doctor went to see him on Wednesday and he wasn't well, and went to see him again this morning.
"I believe the family has had it as well and one or two of our younger players went down with it.
"He won't play for that reason."
On speculation over Jelavic's future, McCoist added: "I believe there was a bid from West Ham on Wednesday that was rejected.
"But I can absolutely assure you that the doctor has been to see him and he is not well enough to play and that's a fact."