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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 24, 2010

Fowler A-League future in doubt after no-show?

Robbie Fowler's future in Australia could be in jeopardy after he refused to play for North Queensland Fury in Saturday's A-League clash with Brisbane Roar. The former England and Liverpool striker chose to sit out the game after he was told he would be starting on the bench for the first time this season.

Fowler has scored nine goals so far and Fury have often had to deny reports he is to return to England, but his refusal to play yesterday could put his A-League future in doubt.

Coach Ian Ferguson refuted claims the 34-year-old has made his final appearance for the club but admitted he will be holding crisis talks with Fowler tomorrow.

"There's a couple of issues we have to sort out. Robbie's a great player, he's an experienced player, he's a player that we want to keep at the club," he told Fox Sports.

"At the end of the day I felt it was obviously a decision I had to make, I wanted Robbie to go on the bench and he refused to go on the bench.

"We'll go over it on Monday, we'll have a serious talk and see what it takes."

Fowler still has one year to run on his contract with the Fury but admitted to the Daily Mail last week that his wife has struggled to settle in Australia, adding further fuel to reports he could be seeking a move back to England.

"The kids are very adaptable to where they are, but I think my wife still needs a bit of convincing," he said. It's not like back at home where there's more stuff to do and more families that we know, so she's still adjusting."

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