Egypt's Mohamed Salah has been limited by an injury in this year's World Cup. His time remaining with the Egyptian national team might be limited as well.
According to a report from CNN, Salah is considering quitting the Egyptian squad. It all stems from what has taken place during the World Cup in Chechnya, where Egypt has been based during the tournament.
Salah, who became an international star with Liverpool this season, is said to be feeling "exposed" after being declared an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic by its leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.
Kadyrov is a bit of a controversial figure, as the CNN report explains.
But as he struggled for fitness a picture of Salah walking beside Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov became a major talking point at the World Cup. The Egyptian football media team was not immediately available for comment.
Kadyrov, leader of Chechnya since 2004, has stifled any form of dissent, subduing the separatist movement that fought the Russian army for nearly two decades.
Subsequently Kadyrov made Salah an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic.
Considering Salah is only 26 and is developing into an international star, this is major news.
Salah's time in Russia hasn't gone as planned on the pitch as well. He sat out The Pharaohs' first match against Uruguay with a shoulder injury before scoring the team's lone goal via penalty kick in a 3-1 loss to Russia.