Inter Milan's Keita Balde.

Inter Milan's Keita Balde will miss Senegal call-up due to email mixup

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The international break is upon us again.

It's the final one of 2018, with the next break set to take place in March of 2019.

For most football fans, abandoning the domestic season and focusing on international matters is a gruelling task.

Even the introduction of the UEFA Nations League has done little to increase the break's popularity.

However, for the players it's a different thing entirely.

Those not called up to international duty get a nice rest, while those called up get the chance to represent their country - every player's dream.

Sadly, some who are called up have to return home due to injury, but Inter Milan's Keita Balde will miss out for Senegal for a much stranger reason.

The former Lazio forward will not take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea, because Senegal sent the call-up information to his old email address.

Don't believe us? Well, Abdoulaye Sow, vice president of the Senegalese FA, released a statement confirming the bizarre news, per Gianluca Di Marzio.

Keita Balde before Barcelona vs Inter

"We have sent an email to Inter to inform them of the summoned player, but it was sent to the old email address that Internazionale Milano no longer uses. They changed their address. At the current moment, the player can not leave and can not be called to join us. His club is uncompromising."

Inter Milan are refusing to let the player join up with Senegal as they were not informed of the call-up in time.

In the modern day, it's quite amazing that something like this could ever happen.

Balde has struggled immensely with Inter this season after joining on loan from AS Monaco in the summer.

Keita Balde at the World Cup

He's started just three games for the Nerazzurri and has just one assist to his name in 13 appearances in all competitions.

Maybe two weeks of training with the Serie A club instead of leaving for Senegal can help him rediscover his domestic form.

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