Speaking to TNP yesterday, Kanan said: "Of course it was a problem having just three players on the bench with Leonel unavailable.
"And if Velez's credentials aren't validated by the FAS, then we will have no choice but to look for another coach.
"I don't know what role he will play in the club if that happens."
With players returning from injuries and suspensions, Geylang will at least have a bigger bench when they travel to face Home United at Bishan Stadium on Saturday.
But they may still have to do without Felice.
Under Ministry of Manpower rules, Felice requires at least a Q1 employment pass, because his salary is above $3,300.
His two countrymen at Geylang, Franco Chivilo and Joaquin Lopez - they played against the Warriors - are paid between $2,200 and $3,300 and only require an S-Pass, which they have already obtained.
TNP understands that Felice arrived at the club last month, but the application for his employment pass was only submitted on Feb 15.
It is a situation that has irked Kanan.
"We will have a team ready for the match, but we really need a striker. And I've called the office (yesterday) to push for his pass," he said.
The situation with Geylang's Prime League squad is no better.
After a drawn out selection process and medical requirements, the players will only take their 2.4km test tomorrow, leaving the club with little reaction time before its opening league game on Sunday, especially if players fail to make the mark.
"It is not a good situation," Kanan agonised.
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