Ukrainian hitman Andriy Shevchenko was expected to sit on the bench on Saturday when Milan hosted Reggina at the Stadio San Siro.

But the ex-Chelsea man was notably absent and the Italian media speculated yesterday that the 32-year-old had refused to accept the role of a substitute.

However, reports this morning that Sheva was suffering from a terrible neck pain and dental problems, which have been tormenting him since the eve of the friendly game with Rangers.

The forward has now also pulled out of the international friendly his country is due to play against Cyprus and is currently in London to resolve his health concerns.

He is expected to fly back to Milan tomorrow to undergo further tests. The Rossoneri medical staff are hopeful he will be at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal for next Sunday’s Derby match against Inter.