Mesut Ozil was below par for Arsenal in their weekend clash with Manchester United, and the reason soon became clear.
German national team coach Jogi Low announced to the media on Monday that Ozil would not be flying out to the training camp that day on doctor's orders after being struck down with illness.
So what's the latest on the playmaker's condition?
Ozil has since made it to Germany, landing at noon on Wednesday, report German newspaper Bild.
His international boss Jogi Low is sounding positive about the 24-year-old's condition, stating:
"Mesut is doing better. I assume that he will be fully resilient in final practice."
Germany face Italy in a friendly on Friday, but it is a match Ozil and co. desperately want to win, for it is the first time they have played the Azzurri since losing 2-1 to a Mario Balotelli-inspired side in the Euro 2012 semi-final.
Ozil himself has been keen to play down the illness, and has also had to bat off talk of 'partying', when he was pictured out with his girlfriend after the game on Sunday:
"We were late back from Manchester, then I went to eat and drink somethin . But that had nothing to do with the fact that I had to sign off on the next day with a flu. I felt in the game against Manchester still totally fit and played for 90 minutes."
Either way, the good news is that Ozil appears to be fully fit, or close to, and a training session should get him back up to full speed on Thursday.
While Arsenal fans may wish he would have been granted permission to just sit out the friendly match, and the one against England next week, it looks like he is going to feature in both.
So long as he returns to Arsenal in peak condition, there will be no complaints...
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