Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah's future at Stamford Bridge is under threat after reports that he will be called back to his home country, Egypt, to perform military service.
Salah joined Chelsea in January, but since then the 22-year-old has had his registration for an education program cancelled by the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt, according to a report cited in The Independent.
The programme allows him to travel abroad in place of his military service, but if it is cancelled, it could see him return to his homeland to fulfil his obligation.
The same story claims that could take anywhere between 12 months and three years.
According to Egyptian football website, King Fut, discussions at high levels are taking place about his future:
Egyptian footballing legend and the current National Team director Ahmed Hassan commented on the situation regarding Salah, stating that he has been in contact with the Chelsea winger via phone.
“Salah has expressed his shock about the decision. He told me that he is trying to represent Egypt in the best way possible. Is this the best response from the country?”
A separate story cited in the report suggests that a solution is drawing close, but if it is not reached in the coming days Chelsea would be effectively powerless to prevent his return.
Salah, meanwhile, turned out as normal for the Blues in their pre-season game against AFC Wimbledon, scoring in a 3-2 victory.