Chelsea star Salah excused from military service

Chelsea star Mohamed Salah will not have to return to Egypt to do military service.

Reports earlier this week had suggested that the winger would be forced to go back to his homeland to serve in the armed forces, after his place in an education program was rescinded, meaning he could not travel abroad.

But reported that the country's prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab then intervened personally in the matter, holding a meeting with his minister for higher education and national team coach Shawky Gharib in which he described the ruling as "threatening" the future of Egyptian football.

Salah has now been given confirmation that he is no longer obligated to return home to do military service, which traditionally ranges from 12 months to three years.

On Monday, Salah travelled with the rest of the Chelsea squad to a pre-season training camp in Austria, and the club consider the matter settled.

Salah moved to Stamford Bridge from Basel for €14 million in January and scored two goals in 10 Premier League appearances for the Blues, netting in home wins against Arsenal and Stoke City.
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