On-loan striker Amr Zaki's days at Wigan appear to be numbered after manager Steve Bruce branded him the most unprofessional player he has ever worked with.
The Egypt forward was due to be back with his club on Tuesday, more than 36 hours after his international match against Zambia. But despite numerous attempts by club officials to contact the player, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday, he could not be traced.
This is the fourth time this season the El Zamalek striker has returned late from international duty and Bruce said: "I just feel it's time that we went public on just what a nightmare he has been to deal with. I can honestly say that in all my time in football I have never worked with someone as unprofessional."
He added: "I am right behind my players representing their countries, it is a tremendous honour for the club. This is not the issue here.
"But my South American players, for instance, have to go much longer distances but I have never had a problem with any of them.
"In Zaki's case it really defies belief from a player who is on loan and trying to earn himself a long-term contract.
"I'm sick of answering questions about Zaki's whereabouts and I don't want anything to distract the players from preparing for another massive game for us on Sunday against Everton.
"Zaki's behaviour has shown total disrespect to the club who pays him a very good wage and equally as importantly, to the fans who sing his name from the stands.
"I think it's time for them to know the truth about the man.
"This situation needs to be resolved as soon as possible and I don't feel it's appropriate to say anything more at this stage, apart from how let down I feel, personally and professionally."
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