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Falkirk are set to punish Trinidad and Tobago star Densill Theobald for going AWOL. The player who made three appearances for his country at the World Cup finals has been missing without permission since failing to turn up for the club's pre-season trip to Holland three weeks ago.

Bairns boss John Hughes last night slammed the player for his lack of professionalism.

He said: "We' ve had no communication with the player and we can't smoke him out anywhere. Falkirk pay his wages and he's showing no commitment to the club with this type of attitude.

"The directors will decide over the next 24 hours whether Densil's actually in breach of contract and assess the appropriate course of action to take.

"I was so proud of Densil during the World Cup when I saw him get his chance against England, Sweden and Paraguay and I do think he's got a great chance in the game.

"But the season starts on Saturday and where is he?"

Yogi was originally told the player needed an extra week to recover from his World Cup exertions and that request was immediately granted.

Theobald then claimed he needed treatment for a knee injury but there has been no communication between player and club since.

Hughes added: "I've tried to get him on the phone but so far without success.

"We've got a great medical team looking after the players at Falkirk and they could easily have handled his inflammation problem.

"Densill should have been full of beans after the World Cup but now he'll have to go some to get over this episode. It's so unprofessional of him and I need players prepared to work for me and the club."