Elephants manager Patrice Beaumelle confirmed the 28-year-old did not want to be called up to play Mozambique and Cameroon.
"He asked not to come because he comes home sick after each meeting," Beaumelle told reporters after unveiling his latest Ivory Coast squad on Thursday.
"He wants to reflect on the rest of his international career. I want soldiers, warriors who even with one knee on the ground will come to the selection.
"It is a message that I send loud and clear to each player."
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