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Zaragoza winger Pennant sent home from training

February 25, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Real Zaragoza winger Jermaine Pennant is facing a heavy fine after after arriving late to training for the third time in two weeks.

Jermaine Pennant
GettyImagesJermaine Pennant has struggled to make an impact in Spain

Pennant was prevented from training and sent home by coach Jose Gay, who will recommend to the club that the former Arsenal and Liverpool player also suffers a financial punishment.

The 27-year-old arrived late for training twice last week, claiming that one delay was because he had been stopped by police for speeding on the motorway.

Pennant has struggled to adapt to life in Spain, while his club have struggled to adapt to life in La Liga - Zaragoza currently lie fourth from bottom in the table and are in danger of heading straight back down to the Segunda Division, from which they were promoted last season.

He is still having to make use of a translator in training to understand his coach and team-mates and has failed to impress on the pitch since his free transfer move from Liverpool last summer, playing 90 minutes on only four occasions this campaign.