Liverpool player Luis Suarez has been has been left out of the squad by head coach Brendan Rodgers for Wednessday's friendly meeting with Valerenga.
Liverpool revealed that the striker will remain in England to undergo a scan on a foot injury sustained in training, but that is unlikely to quell suggestions that his absence is linked to the ongoing uncertainty over his future.
Suarez was the subject of a bid reportedly worth one pound over £40million from Arsenal earlier in the transfer window, and he has made clear his desire to leave Anfield for a club in the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid are also tracking the striker, although the Premier League side have thus far held firm and continue to insist that Suarez will not be sold.
The club revealed on their website: “Luis Suarez will remain on Merseyside as a precaution following an injury in training yesterday. He will undergo a scan on his foot later today.”
Another player who has been strongly linked with a move away from Liverpool of late, Martin Skrtel, has also stayed behind after picking up what the club described as a “knock”.
The Slovakian fell out of favour during the 2012-13 campaign, and is reportedly close to reuniting with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez by sealing a loan move to Napoli.
Fellow defenders Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger have also picked up slight injuries, and miss out on the trip to Norway as a result.