Preston North End right-back Scott Wiseman has been excused from further international duty with minnows Gibraltar this summer in order to fully recovery from an injury.
Wiseman featured for 73 minutes of Gib’s 1-1 draw against Estonia last week and was in the squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Malta.
But the January signing from Barnsley has been released from the squad, with the Gibraltar FA citing an injury he has been carrying as the reason.
A statement said: “Scott Wiseman has been released to allow him to prepare for pre-season and the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
“He has been carrying an injury which has not fully healed and he is to embark on a rehab programme to be fit for next season.”
It is not clear whether it is the same injury which troubled Wiseman for the last six weeks of the season. He suffered bone bruising in his knee in March’s 3-1 victory over Peterborough at Deepdale.
Wiseman only returned to action on the final day of the regular season against Crewe, getting through the whole game despite getting cramp in the closing stages.
In the first leg of the play-offs against Rotherham he was an unused substitute but started in the right wing-back role in the return at New York Stadium.
But Wiseman looked off the pace in that game and was replaced by Chris Humphrey early in the second half.
Wiseman qualifies to play for Gibraltar – UEFA’s newest member country – as his mum was born there.
He made his international debut shortly before his move to North End, and Gibraltar will embark on their first qualifiers for a major tournament in the autumn.
They are in the same group as Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Poland and Georgia.
Wiseman will be bidding to cement himself as Preston’s first-choice right-back next season.
There is the possibility of PNE bringing in further competition there once they have strengthened in other areas.
But as well as Wiseman, they have Tom Clarke and Keith Keane who can play there, although Clarke is generally preferred in the centre of defence.