Bayern Munich defender Breno was on sick leave with a cold on Tuesday but instead of staying home, he went out to get two tattoos.
That came after Breno was mildly upbraided by Bayern for a post on Twitter blasting the club for being forced to play for the reserve team.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes says it's not the right time to be tough with the Brazilian but that patience is running out with club officials.
"Of course it's very unfortunate and normally shouldn't happen," Heynckes said Thursday. "But now is not the time to put the squeeze on the lad. He is going through a very difficult time."
But Heynckes also added that the club condemned Breno's behaviour and that its patience had its limits.
The Brazilian arrived in Bayern in 2008 as a teenager but has not been able to establish himself.
Breno was arrested and became the target of an arson investigation after his rented villa burned down in September. Bayern paid €500,000 ($645,550) bail for his release. Bayern also obtained permission for Breno to travel abroad with the team.