Former Porto, Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco is contemplating retiring from the game of football altogether.
The former Portugal international has had a succession of troublesome injuries since joining Brazilian club Fluminense, and may call it quits.
“Deco is extremely upset, he has been allowed not to report until Tuesday,” said Fluminense manager Abel Braga at a press conference.
“The player wants to think about this situation.
“The fans want answers – they want to see him on the pitch, or retire and leave room for someone else.
“But that is not what he wants. Deco is a good guy and he has an amazing character. He has won several important titles.
“Imagine how hard all this is for him?
“These five days will be good for him to reflect and think thoroughly about his future.
“It is not just Deco who is sad. We are, too.”