Luis Suarez will miss Liverpool's pre-season friendly at Valerenga on Wednesday with a foot injury, the club have announced.
The unsettled Uruguay striker - subject of two failed bids from Arsenal this summer - will not travel with the squad to Norway as he undergoes a precautionary scan on an injury suffered in training.
Despite the reason for Suarez's absence being made clear, the news is likely to fuel further speculation over the 26-year-old's future.
The player has made clear his desire to leave Anfield in search of Champions League football and that has alerted Arsenal, who have made bids of £30million and £40,000,001.
Liverpool reported on their website, www.liverpoolfc.com: "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."
It is thought Arsenal believed that by lodging a bid of one pound above £40million they would trigger a sale clause in Suarez's contract.
Liverpool however appear adamant that the figure only requires them to inform the player of the offer and negotiate if they wish to sell.
They have remained steadfast in their insistence the player, who is banned for the first six matches of next season for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, is not for sale.
That stance has led to reports that legal action and Premier League arbitration are being considered as possible routes that Suarez and his advisers could be exploring.
Suarez remains a popular figure with fans and featured in the tailend of the club's pre-season tour as a substitute in matches against Melbourne Victory and Thailand.
He also received a good reception in Steven Gerrard's testimonial at Anfield against Olympiacos on Saturday, as well as at an open training session at the ground this week.
The striker was cheered at every opportunity during the session of about an hour by around 5,000 selected fans but was reluctant to acknowledge such support.
The injury Liverpool have now revealed he sustained may explain that attitude.
Midfielder Joe Allen steered clear of getting involved in the saga when asked this week but does think the Reds are now better equipped in the attacking department than a year ago.
Brendan Rogers' side relied heavily on Suarez's 30-goal output last season but have strengthened this summer with the signings of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, adding to the January capture of Daniel Sturridge.
The club are still reported to be pursuing a £21.8million deal for Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa.
"I think there are individual situations and as players you just get on with it," Allen told Press Association Sport when asked about Suarez.
"You keep your nose out. We are all waiting to see what will happen."
But the Wales international is convinced the positive moves in the transfer market will make a difference.
A year ago Liverpool allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham on loan and then failed in a bid to sign Clint Dempsey.He said: "Maybe that was a slight problem last year in that we didn't quite get the players we wanted in time and it left the squad a bit bare at times.
"There were a lot of games, especially early on in the season, when we didn't quite get the breakthrough goal.
"But with the quality that has been brought in to add to the quality we already have you can see the attacking way we want to play and we are reaping the rewards of that.
"This season we have had the chance to get players in early, which has been great to allow us to have a full pre-season working together.
"If we have any injuries or suspensions we have players who can step in and do the job just as well so I think the signs are really positive in those regards."
Liverpool have also confirmed defenders Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson will also miss the Valerenga game with what have been described as "knocks".
Liverpool squad: Jones, Enrique, Toure, Alberto, Gerrard, Aspas, Coutinho, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Spearing, Lucas, Mignolet, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Kelly, Flanagan, Ibe, Wisdom.