Mark Hughes admits Elano was left out of Manchester City's defeat by West Brom due to his recent poor form.
The Brazilian schemer missed Sunday's Hawthorns setback, despite starting City's previous two games against Everton and Racing Santander.
However, while his compatriots Robinho and Jo sat out the match due to injury, Elano's recent displays cost him his place.
"Elano's performances levels have not been up to scratch, so I've left him at home," said City boss Hughes in The Sun.
The future of Elano has come in for speculation after he recently complained about his lack of first-team opportunities under Hughes this season.
Espanyol have claimed they are considering a loan deal for the 27-year-old, while Lazio have also been linked with a bid.