Portsmouth's Papa Bouba Diop put club before country so he could rest his damaged hamstring.
The midfielder turned down a chance to play for Senegal in an international friendly against Guinea at the weekend, preferring instead to rest ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Wigan at the JJB Stadium.
Diop picked up the injury in Pompey's 2-0 win against former club Fulham last week - the club's fourth straight victory.
"I'm just too tired," Diop told Pompey's official website.
"It is only a small injury and I should be fine for the next game against Wigan.
"But I thought it was good for me, and good for the team to have some time off
rather than go away with the national side.
"I want to be able to give my best for Portsmouth and sometimes you need a
rest to be able to do that."
Meanwhile, striker Kanu and defender Linvoy Primus are still struggling to regain full fitness.
Primus is set to return to full training next week after knee trouble, while Kanu's
knee injury has kept him out of the last three games and is not expected to figure against Wigan.