Several media sources are reporting that Chelsea's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is facing a huge problem in his footballing career with the news that he may have to head back to the North African country to participate in 1-3 years of military service.
The 22-year-old, who moved to the Blues in January for £11 million after starring for Swiss side FC Basle, had been allowed to play in England as a result of being enrolled in an educational programme.
But sources in Egypt have disclosed that Salah's registration on that course has been rescinded, meaning he may well have to return home to his stint of national service.
Despite appearing for Chelsea against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, Salah's return to Egypt would also mean he would not be allowed to leave the country until he had finished his designated military service, a period of up to three years.
Though a meeting is lined up between the Egyption FA and the country's Minister of Higher Education to find a solution, it would be a huge blow to both the player and Chelsea's season were his career to be interrupted for such a period.
"Salah has expressed his shock about the decision," Egyptian footballing icon and national team director Ahmed Hassan is quoted as saying on website King Fut.
"He told me that he is trying to represent Egypt in the best way possible. Is this the best response from the country?"
It is likely the next few days will shed more light on a problem threatening to jeopardise the winger's footballing future.