If Edson Buddle's absence from FC Ingolstadt's match-day roster this past weekend didn't raise eyebrows, what has transpired since surely will.
According to German outlet Kicker, Ingolstadt manager Tomas Oral has dismissed Buddle from the relegation-threatened team until after the winter break. Oral has not specified why Buddle has been sent on an early holiday break, causing speculation towards Buddle's future with the club.
The dismissal of Buddle, who is currently Ingolstadt's leading goal scorer this season with six goals, means he will not suit up for the club's final game of 2011 against FC Erzgebirge Aue on Friday.
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