Everton's Steven Pienaar will miss the Carling Cup semi-final with Chelsea after being forced to join up with the South Africa squad for the African Cup of Nations.
Pienaar had asked to be allowed to delay his departure to South Africa so that he could play in Tuesday's clash with Chelsea.
However, the South African Football Association have insisted on Pienaar linking up with the rest of the squad and refused his request.
Meanwhile, Vuyo Mere will miss the African Cup of Nations after picking up an ankle injury.
Tumelo Nhlapo has been called-up as Mere's replacement in Carlos Alberto Parreira's 23-man squad.