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Chelsea future in doubt for Mohamed Salah

Jul 19, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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Mohamed Salah may have just joined Chelsea last January, but already, his future with the club is in doubt. Yet not for the reasons you might think — the winger did not put out a series of bad performances last season, nor did he upset the famously temperamental José Mourinho.

No, the reason is that Salah may need to return to his native Egypt to complete a mandatory period of military service, which could range anywhere from twelve months to three years. The 22-year-old was previously permitted to live and play in England based on his participation in an educational program, but the Minister of Higher Education in Egypt has rescinded his registration in the program. Now, he may be ordered to return home.

First, though, there will be a meeting between the Minister, the Egyptian FA and the national team coaching staff, during which they will attempt to find a solution to the dilemma.

“Salah has expressed his shock about the decision,” Egyptian National Team director Ahmed Hassan said on kingfut.com. “He told me that he is trying to represent Egypt in the best way possible. Is this the best response from the country?”
Salah scored twice against Chelsea in the Champions League last season, including the only goal in Basel’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. This was enough to prompt the Blues to sign him come winter. He went on to make eleven appearances for Chelsea, scoring twice.

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