Bristol City boss Keith Millen has revealed Damion Stewart did not travel for their pre-season tour of Portugal because he had lost his passport.
The defender, 30, stayed and trained in Bristol and his omission lead to rumours he was set to leave the club.
But Millen told BBC Radio Bristol: "He didn't have his passport so he wasn't able to come.
"I couldn't bring everyone and Damion needs to work on his fitness but the passport was the main issue."
Stewart arrived at Ashton Gate from QPR on a three-year deal in July 2010 but was not a regular in Millen's side last season.
And Millen admitted that he would consider selling the Jamaica international if another club showed interest: "He's one of the squad. He's under contract.
"But I do need to get the squad smaller and my hands are tied on bringing more players in.
"Until a club comes in with an offer that suits everyone, then if they are contracted you have to use them."