Didier Ndong has been excluded from the Gabon squad for upcoming international matches having failed to meet up with his teammates for training today.
Earlier on, we reported that the Sunderland midfielder had been granted an additional day's leave to spend time with his family in the African country.
Ndong was due to link up with the squad for training this afternoon but never made it and seemingly did not inform the Gabon management of his whereabouts or offer any reason for the delay.
The Gabonese Football Federation has issued a statement saying:
It was decided in agreement with the technical staff to inform Sunderland the player is sent back to England from this Wednesday, November 9th 2016. His travel document has been amended accordingly.
Communiqué de la FEGAFOOT sur Didier Ibrahim NDONG https://t.co/kQ5w7SdiEW— FEGAFOOT (@fegafoot_gabon) November 9, 2016
The Federation had yesterday given the impression that Ndong's absence from training with the squad was simply due to being allowed to return home, saying:
The guys who come from Europe come with a lot of pressure to ride home and see family which gives them a boost with an important game coming up.
Gabon are due to face Mali on Saturday for a crucial World Cup qualifier and sacked their coach last week following a run of poor results and widespread rumours of a lack of authority.
Ndong has earned an enfant terrible tag in his home country for a string of disciplinary issues, the latest being an outburst following him being substituted in Gabon's last game when the Sunderland midfielder kicked a water bottle and hurled his shirt at the teammate replacing him.