Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has been dropped from the Morocco squad.

And the attacking midfielder appeared to reference the snub in a cryptic Instagram post.

Ziyech, 28, has previously starred for his nation, scoring 16 goals in 35 caps.

But Morocco boss Vahid Halilhodzic hasn’t selected him for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Sudan and Guinea.

Amid the news, Ziyech posted a laughing emoji over a plain background, triggering speculation.

The Premier League has banned its players from travelling to play for their national teams in red list countries.

But neither Morocco nor Guinea, the two hosts of the Atlas Lions’ upcoming games, are on the red list.

Both currently reside on the Government’s amber list.

And Wolves star Romain Saiss has been called up, meaning travel from the UK is not an issue.

Ziyech recently suffered a shoulder injury during the Uefa Super Cup.

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But he was back in action last weekend, coming on to play the last eight minutes of the Blues’ 2-0 win over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

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