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Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 14:02 GMT 15:02 UK
Jeanne absent from Wales training
Leon Jeanne
Leon Jeanne has not been seen for a week
Leon Jeanne, who has not been seen or heard of by club QPR since he disappeared last week, has failed to appear for Wales under 21 training.

The Welsh under 21s take on their Norwegian counterparts at Swansea's Vetch Field on Friday.

"Of course I am concerned - I have had the boy since he was 15 years old," said Wales under 21 manager Jimmy Shoulder.

"If he did appear we would bring him in, he is the sort of boy who needs an arm around him anyway," he added.


He's got quite a colourful record really. We've covered up for him for quite some time now
  Jimmy Shoulder on Jeanne

"If we can do anything to bring him back into first team football at QPR, we will," Shoulder concluded.

His future at Loftus Road future hangs in the balance after manager Gerry Francis blasted the absent youngster.

Francis told the official club website this wan not the first time Jeanne had disappeared.

"It is not unusual for Leon to go missing," said Francis. "He's got quite a colourful record really. We've covered up for him for quite some time now.

"He had some major domestic problems last year, which I won't go into. We really stood by him and helped him.

"I spoke to Leon in pre-season this year and said we would start afresh with him. I encouraged him to get into the squad and we started him off on the subs' bench in the first team.

"Hopefully, he was going to play a part in the side. He's a talented boy and a boy I like.

"Then just before an important game, we find out he's in Wales and he's been charged with drink-driving and threatening behaviour to police officers. That is just before a game! That is letting everybody down."

Calling time

It now appears that the club are close to calling time on the undoubtedly talented youngster.

"Now we've had another disappearing act. I don't know whether he's in Wales or where he is. Really, it is just not good enough for the club - who he is letting down. And I feel let down," added Francis.

"It has been outrageous. You don't even get a telephone call from him half the time. You just don't see him and that's it. This is certainly not the behaviour of a professional footballer.

"Obviously we will have to look at this most recent escapade in a very serious light.

"The directors at Rangers are all very disappointed with this situation. They've known Leon's record for some time, so we will have to have a serious discussion about the situation - if and when he ever turns up.

"We've covered up for Leon enough now. This is not a one off. I think the club needs to put the record straight.

"Leon is a silly boy because he has a great opportunity as a professional footballer to earn a fantastic living. At the moment, he's really wasting it."

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