Middlesbrough striker Mido will not be paid by the club while he remains absent from training with the Championship side. The Egyptian front-man, who has already been fined two-weeks’ wages for failing to report back for pre-season training a fortnight ago, has yet to join his team-mates at their Rockliffe Park complex. And manager Gareth Southgate has revealed the Teessiders will not be paying anyone who does not show up. "It's very simple, Mido has to get himself back and into training with us," he said. "This club will not be paying anybody who is not in training with us." The 26-year-old spent the end of last season on loan at Wigan Athletic, netting twice in 12 league outings. But Southgate added that he will not discuss the forward’s future until he returns to the club. "We will deal with what happens after that as and when he's ready to join in with that training, but nothing will knock us off what we want to achieve," he said. "The players that want to be here have to have the focus they have showed so far and put the other distractions to one side." BORO FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Afonso Alves My Secret Vice Carlo Nash, Mark Crossley Boy's A Bit Special David Wheater, Adam Johnson Plus! Rate Boro players (and others) on Talentspotter
20 July 2009
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