The 31-year-old former Chelsea striker earlier flew home after he lost his 70-year-old father Antoine to a heart attack in Abidjan, two weeks ago and is said to also be mourning the loss of his Aunt Fernandez.
“I’m travelling home to support my family,” the striker told German daily Bild. “Of course, I am unbelievably sad and feel empty,” he added, talking about the death of his father, after Hertha’s 5-3 penalty shoot-out win at Jahn Regensburg in the first round of the German Cup last Sunday.
After this weekend's opening round of Bundesliga matches, Berlin's next German league game is on 10th September at Ingolstadt, but no date has been fixed for Kalou's return.
Ivory Coast’s technical team are yet to name Kalou’s replacement for the September 3rd clash which is a must win for Sierra Leone. Ivory Coast are on top of Group I with two points above their Sierra Leonean opponent and only need a draw to qualify for 2017 competition in Gabon.