Christian Benteke was today set to be called up by Belgium – to put the Villa star in the middle of a possible club v country row.
Boss Paul Lambert has already insisted if his star man is not fit for Villa, he will not play for his country.
But he admitted they are powerless to stop him linking up with the squad with FIFA rules allowing Belgium to select Benteke and examine him themselves.
National boss Marc Wilmots is keen to include Benteke in his squad even if he does not play.
Benteke is expected to be out for at least another two weeks with a hip injury and missed Saturday's 3-2 win over Manchester City.
Belgium face Croatia on October 11 and Wales four days later needing just a point to qualify for next year's World Cup.
Benteke is recovering quickly from his injury, which he suffered in the 1-0 win at Norwich last month, but it was feared he could have been out for six weeks.
But Lambert insisted he would not be rushed back until fully fit and would be surprised if he featured for Belgium.
He said last week: “I understand Belgium’s point of view, but he is our player, and he has people looking after him here.”