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Premier League star still ‘missing’

CONTROVERSIAL: El-Hadji Diouf

PREMIER LEAGUE Blackburn Rovers are still at a loss as to the whereabouts of El-Hadji Diouf.

The Lancashire club are still trying to locate Diouf after the Senegalese player failed to turn up for pre-season training.

The Premier League side have fle off for a pre-season tour of Austria last week but there was no sign of the controversial Diouf on the plane.

Diouf spent the second half of last season on loan at Rangers but the Scottish giants declined to try and make the move permanent.

"We can’t find him. Nobody knows where he is," a club source said.

It is believed that Blackburn are keen to sell the former Liverpool and Bolton ace but they have yet to receive any firm bids and are now struggling to even contact the player they signed from Sunderland for a undisclosed fee back in January 2009.

Last season Diouf was sent out on loan soon after he was seen taunting Queen's Park Rangers player Jamie Mackie while he lay on the pitch with a broken leg during an FA Cup match.

After that game QPR manager Neil Warnock said of Diouf: "I was going to call him a sewer rat, but that might be insulting to sewer rats."

In 2004, he was embroiled in spitting incidents with a Middlesbrough supporter and the Portsmouth defender Arjan de Zeeuw, while he was also once investigated by police for allegedly making a racist comment to a white ball-boy.

Diouf's international career started in April 2000 against Benin. He has earned 41 international caps and scored 16 goals for his country.

He truly made his name when playing for Senegal in their 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign and was elected to the World Cup All-Star team, after leading the African outfit to the quarter-finals and victories over France (1–0) and Sweden (2–1). Senegal eventually lost 1–0 in extra time to Turkey.

He was also part of the Senegal team who were the runners-up in the 2002 African Cup of Nations

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