Chester have suspended midfielder Damien Mozika for "serious breaches of club discipline".
The 22-year-old Frenchman, who is currently nursing a hamstring problem, allegedly refused to play in City's crunch relegation clash with Bournemouth last weekend, despite being declared fit by the club's medical staff.
Club owner Stephen Vaughan said: "The player has been involved in some unacceptable behaviour during the past fortnight, which are without doubt serious breaches of club discipline and we have been left with no alternative but to reach this decision."
Vaughan added in a statement on the club's official website: "Apparently two clubs have shown interest in signing the player and I wonder if this interest has been part of the motivation behind Mozika's unacceptable behaviour.
"We shall be retaining the player's registration and having further discussions with his agent."
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