Liverpool's must-see FA Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon has come too soon for young midfielder Suso.
The Spaniard has been out with injury over the past two months, but confirmed last week he has returned to first team training.
The exciting attacker took to Twitter on Sunday to confirm he will not feature, even on the bench, as he will be with the under-21 squad instead.
I won't be involved tomorrow in the game as I'm having 45' with the U21 at the academy to have some mins... Feeling better and better— SusoFernandez (@suso30oficial) January 4, 2015
The 21-year-old will be playing his first under-21 game of the season, and it will be a key step in his potential return.
He will no doubt be closely watching his teammates take on the League Two side, knowing if they progress to the fourth round, potential squad rotation could become his most likely bet for a first team return.
Suso's contract is currently set to expire at the end of the season and he has not agreed terms on a renewal, and has been strongly linked with a switch to AC Milan.
Whether he gets game time over the final months of the season is likely to have a huge bearing on his decision, and if he feels his best interests involve staying at the club. To assess that, a quick return to full fitness is essential.