Tianjin Teda say they are yet to discover the cause of the mysterrious ailment which will rule captain John Obi Mikel again when they host Guangzhou Evergrande on Saturday.
The Chinese Super League side played Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng without theur captain who has been suffering an abdominal strain since their 2-0 win against Chongqing Lifan.
Mikel Obi grabbed his first league goal for the club in that match.
VON understands that the midfielder went through a series of tests – including nuclear magnetic resonance, but the cause of injury could not be detected.
The 29-year-old will miss the game against South China Tiger as he was absent during the club’s trainings this week.
Brown Ideye who joined from Olympiacos is expected to feature in a bid to end his barren run.
Tianjin Teda are in need of three points as they attempt to close the five-point gap to leaders Guangzhou R&F F.C, but they face a rising Evergrande who are fifth on the log with eight points.
Mikel is expected to feature when the Eagles play friendly games in France next month having missed the recent friendly against Senegal.
The Eagles played a 1 – 1 draw with Kelechi Iheanacho grabbing the equalizer for Nigeria.