Amr Zaki’s agent Nader Shawky claims Wigan boss Steve Bruce wants to keep the striker at the JJB Stadium despite last week branding him the most unprofessional player he has ever worked with.
The Egypt forward was due to report back with his club on Tuesday, more than 36 hours after his country’s match against Zambia.
Despite numerous attempts by club officials to contact the player, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday, he could not be traced.
But Shawky insists the on-loan El Zamalek frontman’s failure to report back is due to an injury, and remains confident the player has a future with the Latics.
He told superkoora.com: “I talked to Bruce on Friday morning and we talked a lot about the press release of the coach on Wigan’s official website.
“The story is that Bruce is mad about Amr’s delayed return to the team which had players from South America who already returned to the team – even the injured players.
“We have sent medical reports to Wigan which state that the player should get rest for a week, whether here in Egypt or there, but they want him to get back in order to check his status for themselves.
“The press release of Steve Bruce has nothing to do with any other issues.
“The problem between Amr and Wigan could be solved and it is going to be solved, especially as Bruce wants Zaki to continue his spell with Wigan.”
This is the fourth time this season the forward has returned late from international duty and he will be fined heavily by Bruce.
The Wigan manager will have showdown talks with Zaki as soon as he returns to the UK.
Speaking after yesterday’s 4-0 defeat at Everton, Bruce said: “I find it ridiculous that this club, who have given him his chance in England and pay him very well I might add, are not being treated properly.
“We are not being shown any respect, it is totally nonsensical. We believe he has a hamstring (injury), but we do not know how bad because we have not been able to assess him.
“We have had some sort of fax or e-mail to our medical people about it, but how bad it is we will not know until he reports back. He is still in Egypt and may be back some time in the week but we do not know when.
“We must now find out what his mindset is and what he is up to. It is a ridiculous situation, I have never known anything like it.”