Everton suspend AWOL Jo
Published 02/01/2010 | 05:00
AS attempts go at impressing prospective full-time employers, the decision by Everton's on-loan striker Jo to scarper back to Brazil for Christmas, without permission, is unlikely to be finding its way into any self-help manuals.
The 22-year-old has failed to live up to his billing since joining Everton temporarily from Manchester City and his decision to return to South America for "personal reasons" has done nothing to raise his standing with an unimpressed David Moyes.
Moyes has indefinitely suspended the forward and the fact he is refusing to play him is a pertinent indicator of his displeasure at Jo's actions, as Everton are hardly overflowing with forward options at the moment.
Louis Saha is struggling with a hamstring problem and Yakubu is on African Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria so Everton could certainly do with another striker, but Moyes has put his foot down firmly.
Jo is believed to have left England on Christmas Eve and although he was back in the country yesterday, the mini-break -- coupled with his ineffectual showings this season -- are likely to be the final straw for Moyes, with club sources suggesting he is planning to use the offence to send Jo packing back to his parent club.
"He is now back, but at this moment in time he is suspended from the football club," Moyes said yesterday, ahead of his side's FA Cup third-round encounter with Carlisle United today.