Bruce to fine absent Zaki

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Furious Wigan manager Steve Bruce will heavily fine on-loan striker Amr Zaki after the Egypt forward failed to return from international duty on time for the fourth occasion this season.

Zaki was due to be back in Wigan on Tuesday, more than 36 hours after his match against Zambia.

"I really am at the end of my tether with him," said Bruce.

"Before this latest incident, Zaki had already been fined considerably more than the average person in Britain earns in a year and he will now face another heavy fine.

"This is the fourth time he has not reported back on time from international training.

"I have already fined him the maximum allowed but this just seems to have no effect.

"I am now fearful that if I don't take firm action, it will disrupt the rest of my squad, who - to a man - behave totally professionally."

Compatriot Mido made it back in time but Zaki did not show and repeated efforts by club staff to contact the player have proved fruitless.

The Latics have received a faxed report from the Egypt team doctor claiming Zaki has a hamstring injury and needed rest but that has not been backed up by the required scan to highlight the problem.

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