St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier insists Dimitri Payet remains an integral part of his plans.
The highly-rated playmaker, who drew plenty of interest during the winter transfer window, was recently fined for going AWOL in an effort to force through a move.
He has subsequently returned to the fold, but was made to take in a spell with the reserves before being invited back into the first-team picture.
Payet, having threatened the harmony within the camp, was left out of the squad for Saturday's 2-1 victory over Montpellier as a result of his lack of action.
Galtier believes that was the best decision for all concerned, with emotions still running high.
He has, however, been quick to point out that he has no issue with Payet and is keen to utilise him alongside January arrivals Alejandro Alonso and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
"There is no tense relationship between player and coach," said Galtier.
"There is just a group that has been playing well without Payet. We will piece things back together slowly.
"Considering that we have brought in two players and the officials have been able to keep Dimitri, the group is now stronger, both in quality and quantity.
"I have additional assets and that is always useful."