Grafite given time off

Striker awarded week off in an effort to rediscover his form

Grafite: Troubled season

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Wolfsburg have advised Brazilian striker Grafite to take a week off in order to regain his focus.

The Samba star has endured a difficult start to the 2009/10 campaign, struggling to replicate his achievements from last term when his 28 goals helped fire his club to the Bundesliga title.

He has netted just twice this time around, and has made the headlines on a regular basis for all the wrong reasons.

A bust-up with coach Armin Veh was followed by a reckless red card in the UEFA Champions League in midweek and Wolfsburg's patience is beginning to wear thin.

It has been decided that Grafite would be best served taking a break in order to get his mind back on his football.

"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."

Switch off

Grafite has decided to head home in an effort to avoid the media glare and believes he will benefit from the enforced spell away from the pressures of first-team action.

"It is easier for me to switch off there (Brazil)," 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 is expected to be back in contention for a starting berth when Wolfsburg face Mainz on 30th October.