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Gedo stuck in Dubai ahead of Hull’s clash with Cardiff City
Hull City manager Steve Bruce has revealed that deadline-day signing Gedo’s arrival has been delayed by red tape as the crisis in the player’s homeland of Egypt continues.
The 28-year-old, who hit five important goals in 12 matches on loan at the KC Stadium last season to boost the Tigers’ promotion drive, re-joined the club on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day.
The British Embassy in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, close to where there have been significant outbreaks of civil unrest, is operating at reduced working hours and processing Gedo’s visa is proving a significant problem.
The Ahly forward, who is closing in on a first-team comeback with Hull, is believed to be in Dubai in an effort to resolve the issue and gain the necessary papers to head to the UK.
A fresh visa is required before Gedo can return from Egypt but a state of emergency in the country’s capital Cairo has delayed the issue.
Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail: “He’s away trying to get his visa at the moment. He’s still going to be a few weeks away (from being available for selection and match-fit) but he’s making good progress.”
“I’m not entirely sure where we are with the visa. The British Embassy is apparently where a lot of the trouble is and is only open for two days a week.
“They’re sending the passports off to Dubai. He’s trying desperately to get sorted, bless him, but he’s still not in the country. You’re not allowed in without it.
“Last I heard, he was trying to get to Dubai to speed things up, but it’s not been easy.
“People will enjoy watching him play, he’s one of those players. I hope he can stay injury free.”
Although Gedo linked up with the Egyptian national side, who were already confirmed as Group G winners prior to their final World Cup qualifying group match against Guinea, he did not play any part as Bob Bradley allowed him more time to fully recover from an ankle problem which required surgery at the end of last season.
Hull City team-mate Ahmed Elmohamady only played five minutes as the Pharaohs maintained their perfect World Cup qualifying record with a 4-2 win over Guinea in Gouna Stadium on Tuesday.
Steve Bruce, who is backing Gedo to get the goals to help keep Hull City among the English Premier League teams next season, may use the Egyptian hotshot as a substitute for a couple of games before he has a chance of returning to the starting eleven.
– Ahmed Monem is a reporter for KingFut and an editor on EPArena.com