Mohamed Salah will not be available for Egypt's friendly game against Kenya at the end of the month due to his Chelsea commitments, coach Shawky Gharib said on Wednesday.
Egypt will host Kenya on 30 August as part of their preparations for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers, a date that will coincide with Chelsea's English Premier League clash against Everton.
''Chelsea refused to release Salah before Kenya's friendly, which is not included in the FIFA calendar," Gharib said in a television interview.
"The English club confirmed that Salah will be in Cairo on 31 August, five days before our game against Senegal."
Salah, who was dropped from Chelsea's squad against Burnley in the Premier League opener, will not be the only player to miss Kenya's friendly as Basel duo Mohamed El-Neny and Ahmed Hammoudi will be also absent.
Egypt will face Senegal in their Group G opener on 5 September in Dakar before hosting Tunisia five days later.
Gharib said he will announce his final squad for the two games on Sunday.
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