The Bosnian midfielder is handling a minor injury but Maurizio Sarri has not questioned his player’s professionalism.
Spanish giants Barcelona and Serie-A champions Juventus have agreed on a swap deal where Miralem Pjanic is heading to Camp Nou and Arthur is moving in the opposite direction at the end of the season.
Pjanic has featured in only one of four games for the Bianconeris and Sarri has been questioned on the nature of his absence from the squad.
“I don’t know Arthur’s situation and I don’t care. Pjanic is the one in our group,” Sarri said ahead of Sunday’s game against Sampdoria.
“I have no doubts about his professionalism and therefore, if I made different choices, it was for technical and tactical reasons related to the matches.
“From tomorrow, he will be taken into consideration like everyone else.
“You haven’t seen him play more, but Pjanic has played 46 games this year, so it seems to me you have seen him.
“You just haven’t seen him in the last two games where we made different choices. We played against teams that make physicality their weapon.
“Pjanic has played a lot. At the moment, he has a small problem like all players over 40 games. It is a solvable problem.
“Yesterday, he worked to solve this little problem, today he will return to the group and tomorrow we will see if he will be in the game or not.”