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Visa issues keep Diakite out of FC Edmonton lineup

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Pape Diakite, who was the NASL’s Young Player of the Year in 2016, was again missing from FC Edmonton’s lineup on Saturday.

In fact, he wasn’t even in Canada.

Diakite, who has played just one game this season, can’t enter Canada right now. He re-signed with the Eddies before the start of the 2017 campaign, has had problems getting his visa to work in Canada. He’s currently cooling his heels in the United States.

He is legal to work in the United States, but because he can’t train in Canada, it’s hard for coach Colin Miller to use a player in road games who can’t practice during throughout the week.

Miller said the issue is close to being resolved, and that Diakite should be back with the Eddies this week.

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