Reda Johnson is back in training with Plymouth after leaving international duty with Benin in unusual circumstances.
Johnson was set to line-up against Burundi in a 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier, but was then informed by the Benin Federation that he was considered "undesirable" following the country's poor showing in the tournament last year.
"I've just asked the boy and I think the coach has had a word with him to say don't come," Argyle boss Peter Reid told the club's official website.
"That is my understanding and I find it a little strange.
"It's a pleasant surprise for me and he doesn't seem overly concerned."
Johnson took the Argyle captaincy in the defeat to Peterborough on Saturday in Carl Fletcher's absence.