Ki Sung-Yueng has been given the weekend off by Celtic boss Neil Lennon after being called up to play for South Korea on Wednesday.
The prized midfielder is set to miss Celtic's trip to Aberdeen on Saturday as the club look to protect the 23-year-old jet-lagged star.
Ki, who was linked with a move to Liverpool in January, was hospitalised with headaches and dizziness following his last whistle-stop 10,000-mile round trip to his homeland.
And with Celtic still fighting for silverware on three fronts Ki says Lennon wants to avoid any chance of it happening again.
Ki said: "It is not easy to travel back to my country as there is the time difference.
"Hopefully I will not be sick again. I'll miss the Aberdeen game but I will be back next Monday."