Carlos Tevez has risked the wrath of Manchester City after returning to Argentina without permission, insisting he is in need of a "rest" in the wake of the furore that has surrounded him over the past six weeks.
On Tuesday, Tevez accepted a two-week fine imposed by his club for five breaches of contract during City's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in September.
But the Argentina striker could be hit with a second misconduct charge after failing to report to training on Wednesday.
With the majority of his squad linking up with their international sides, City boss Roberto Mancini had given his players the day off on Tuesday, but Tevez was expected to return on Wednesday morning to work on his match fitness.
However, Tevez was absent from Wednesday's training session having arrived in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, where he told reporters he had returned home for a "rest".
Tevez's representative Paul McCarthy told Sky Sports News: "He's gone to see his family. We've said all along that Carlos is aware of the situation in terms of getting back to his fitness. I can't really say much more until he's back in the country.''
Later, a spokesman for Tevez said: ``He tried countless times to speak to Roberto Mancini. He was told it was Mancini's decision as to whether or not he could go and left numerous voice messages and texts on Mancini's phone.
``He didn't receive a response at all. He then flew to Argentina and tried to speak to Mancini again yesterday, leaving messages and texts. As of this moment we've had no response.''
Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor has expressed his disappointment and concern at Tevez's latest indiscretion.
"To say the least, I am very disappointed and extremely concerned now,'' Taylor told Sky Sports News. "To go out to Argentina when - as I have been informed - he was clearly told not to because they (City) needed to work on his fitness, and to blatantly ignore that instruction starts to affect any chance of any reconciliation now.
"The whole relationship between clubs and players is one where there has to be clear understanding of what is to be expected and what is not expected. From that point of view, he is making it virtually impossible to have a reconciliation and leaving himself very vulnerable to strong action by the club.
"If he is determined to leave the club, which may well be apparent, then his money value is being diminished by his actions and can affect another club's interest. As such, he could be held responsible for that, so it is getting to be a situation that I am not at all happy about.
"Neither are the club of course, and it is one that we will have to deal with.
"I have been accused at times of defending the indefensible. It is very difficult to now be in a situation where we put our heads on the block.
"I do feel very disappointed to say the least that when I was hoping things could move on, it has gone into reverse and now he is left in a position that becomes very vulnerable.
"The lad is digging himself a hole and it is going deeper. It is a worry to me how we can now get out of this. He is a human being and a top-quality footballer, but his actions are not what we could possibly recommend to any other player in the game.
"It goes to the heart of the contract and that could be gross misconduct in anybody's language. I don't want to predetermine, but I am very concerned because it is a serious situation and one that the PFA are not happy about.''