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Serie A season preview: AS Roma

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Oct 23, 2009

Wolfsburg give Grafite time off to get "mind free"

Wolfsburg striker Grafite has been told to take a break for a week to regain his focus after a difficult start to the season.

The top goalscorer from last season with 28 Bundesliga goals has found the back of the net just twice this term, but he has made the headlines for the wrong reasons following a bust-up with coach Armin Veh and a red card in the midweek Champions League draw with Besiktas.

Veh has now decided that it is in the player's best interests to take his mind of football for a week.

"Grafite is a very emotional man who has put himself under too much pressure in recent weeks after the success of last season," explained Veh. "He has got to get his mind free quickly and, to do that, he needs to switch off completely.

"The best way for that to work is if he changes scenery for a few days. I am convinced that it will do him good and he will come back stronger."

Grafite will not report for training or play in the Wolves' Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin on Sunday and he has already flown back to his native Brazil to move out of the spotlight.

"It is easier for me to switch off there," he said. "This break is important for me. Things are not going well for me at the moment and I need a new beginning. But I am confident that the fans will soon get to see the old Grafite."

The 30-year-old should be back in contention for a place in the Wolfsburg attack against Mainz on October 30.

His place will probably go to Obafemi Martins this weekend.

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