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Sixteen Premier League clubs and Rangers will be affected by the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February. who are they? And which players might be absent?

The Africa Cup will run from January 9 to February 6, with 40 Premier League players potentially called up for the tournament in Cameroon.

The AFCON squad could miss at least one round of the Premier League (weekend 15/16 January), the third round of the FA Cup (weekend 8 January) and the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup (3 January and 10 January). at best.

In December it was confirmed by the African Football Confederation [CAF] that players heading to the finals will be able to join their clubs until January 3.

Many would have had to skip matches due to the rule requiring clubs to release players 14 days before a continental league or World Cup.

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Algeria beat Senegal 1-0 and won the 2019 tournament

But the CAF agreed to allow players to appear for their clubs between December 27 and January 3 before joining their respective national teams for the Nations Cup Finals, which kicks off in Cameroon on January 9.

Depending on when clubs release their players and how fit they are in the return, at worst, players could miss four Premier League rounds, both Carabao Cup semi-finals and both FA third and fourth rounds. Cup.

This could prove to be a problem for teams like Liverpool, which will likely see Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita selected for the tournament, as well as Watford (five players will be in attendance), Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Leicester (all four players). .

2019 Africa Cup of Nations draw in Egypt

Due to the impact of Covid-19 on the World Cup qualification programs, there will also be a double round of matches in the South American (CONMEBOL), North American and Central American (CONCACAF), Asian (AFC) and Oceanic confederations at the end of January. OFC). and early February, although these games will fall during the Premier League winter break.

However, there could be complications for the FA Cup fourth round on the weekend of February 5th, with some CONCACAF qualifiers not finishing until the early hours of February 3rd.

Here, we look at the clubs affected by AFCON, the players potentially involved and the games they may lose.

Tournament format

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez helped Algeria win Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AP)
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Riyad Mahrez helped Algeria win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019

Premier League teams will have to release their players to AFCON after the last games of the top flight before the tournament which takes place on January 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals is scheduled for the middle of the week on January 3 and the third round of the FA Cup is scheduled for the weekend of January 8, with AFCON starting on January 9 and the group stage it will end on January 20. , the second half of the Carabao Cup semi-finals are scheduled for midweek on 10 January and there will be a Premier League round on 14, 15 and 16 January.

There is also a Premier League round scheduled for January 21, 22 and 23, but players may be able to return in time to perform at their club. Liverpool, for example, have three players likely to be present at AFCON, but will play on 23 January at Crystal Palace, three days after the group stage ends.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (R) would likely face Man City if Edouard Mendy (L) is not fit
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Kepa Arrizabalaga could replace Edouard Mendy

The AFCON Round of 16 will take place from January 23 to January 26, meaning players whose nations qualify for the knockout stage will not be available for the Premier League.

The AFCON quarter-finals (29 and 30 January), the semi-finals (2 and 3 February) and the final / third-place play-off (6 February) could influence the challenges of the fourth round of the FA Cup, scheduled for the weekend of February 5, before the Premier League returns in the midweek of February 8 and February 9 after the winter break.

1, 2 and 3 January – Premier League round 21
Midweek of January 3 – First leg semi-final of the Carabao Cup
Weekend of January 8 – Third round of the FA Cup
January 9 – AFCON group stage begins
Midweek of January 10 – Return semi-final of the Carabao Cup
14, 15, 16 January – Premier League round 22
20 th January – AFCON group stage ends
21, 22 and 23 January – Premier League round 23
from 23 to 26 January – AFCON last 16
29 and 30 January – AFCON quarter-finals
2 and 3 February – AFCON semi-finals
Week-end of February 5th – FA Cup fourth round
February 6 – AFCON final and third place play-off
8 and 9 February – Premier League round 24

Which PL clubs are interested in?

Thomas Partey
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Thomas Partey may be involved with Ghana

Arsenal

Selected players: Thomas Partey (Ghana), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast), Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Omar Rekik (Tunisia)

The FA Cup match had an impact: 9 January: Nottingham Forest (A)

PL games interested: January 16: Tottenham (A); January 22: Burnley (H); February 8: Wolves (A)

Aston Villa

Selected players: Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso), Trezeguet (Egypt)

The FA Cup match had an impact: 10 January: Manchester United (A)

PL games interested: January 15: Manchester United (H); January 22: Everton (A); February 8: Leeds (H)

Brentford

Selected players: Frank Onyeka (Nigeria), Julian Jeanvier (Guinea), Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Ghana)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 8: Port Vale (A)

PL games interested: January 15: Liverpool (A); January 22: Lupi (H); 9 February: Manchester City (A)

Brighton

Selected Player: Yves Bissouma (Mali)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 8: West Brom (A)

PL games interested: January 14: Crystal Palace (H); January 22: Leicester (A); February 8: Chelsea (C)

Burnley

Selected Player: Cornetto Maxwel (Ivory Coast)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 8: Huddersfield Town (H)

PL games interested: January 15: Leicester (H); January 22: Arsenal (A); 8 February: Manchester United (H)

Chelsea

Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park, Belfast
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Hakim Ziyech was excluded from the Moroccan squad

Selected Player: Edouard Mendy (Senegal)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 8: Chesterfield (H)

PL games interested: January 15: Manchester City (A); 23 January: Tottenham (H); February 8: Brighton (A)

Crystal Palace

Selected players: Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Jordan Ayew (Ghana), Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana), Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 8: Millwall (A)

PL games interested: January 14: Brighton (A); 23 January: Liverpool (H); February 8: Norwich (A)

Everton

Selected Player: Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 8: Hull City (A)

PL games interested: January 15: Norwich (A); January 22: Aston Villa (H); 9 February: Newcastle (A)

Leicester

Selected players: Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria), Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria), Daniel Amartey (Ghana), Nampalys Mendy (Senegal)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 8: Watford (H)

PL games interested: January 15: Burnley (A); January 22: Brighton (H); January 9: Liverpool (A)

Liverpool

Selected players: Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Naby Keita (Guinea)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 9: Shrewsbury Town (H)

PL games interested: January 15: Brentford (H); January 23: Crystal Palace (A); 9 February: Leicester (T)

Sadio Mane celebrates his goal
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Sadio Mane risks being summoned from Senegal

Man City

Selected Player: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

The FA Cup match had an impact: 7 January: Swindon Town (A)

PL games interested: January 15: Chelsea (H); January 22: Southampton (A); 9 February: Brentford (H)

Man Utd

Selected players: Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast), Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast), Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 10: Aston Villa (H)

PL games interested: January 15: Aston Villa (A); January 22: West Ham (H); February 8: Burnley (A)

Southampton

Selected players: Moussa Djenepo (Mali)

The FA Cup match had an impact: January 8: Swansea (A)

PL games interested: January 15: Lupi (A); January 22: Man City (H); 9 February: Tottenham (A)

Watford

Selected players: Emmanuel Dennis (Nigeria), William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria), Imran Louza (Morocco), Adam Masina (Morocco), Ismaila Sarr (Senegal)

The FA Cup match had an impact: 8 January: Leicester (A)

PL games interested: January 15: Newcastle (A); January 21: Norwich (H); February 8: West Ham (A)

West Ham

Selected players: Said Benrahma (Algeria)

The FA Cup match was affected: January 9: Leeds (H)

PL games interested: January 16: Leeds (H); January 22: Manchester United (A); February 8: Watford (H)

wolves

Selected players: Willy Boly (Ivory Coast), Romain Saiss (Morocco)

The FA Cup match was affected: January 9: Sheffield United (H)

PL games interested: January 15: Southampton (H); January 22: Brentford (A); February 8: Arsenal (H)

Any players from the EFL?

  • Middlesbrough: James Lea Siliki (Cameroon)
  • Fulham: Jean Michael Seri (Ivory Coast)
  • Nottingham Forest: Mohamed Drager (Tunisia)
  • QPR: Ilias Chair (Morocco), Seny Dieng (Senegal), Osman Kakay (Sierra Leone)
  • Reading: Baba Abdul Rahman (Ghana), Andy Yiadom (Ghana)
  • Plymouth Argyle: Panutchi Pereira Camara (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Swindon City: Jojo Wollacott (Ghana)

What about the SPFL players?

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Ranger

Selected players: Joe Aribo (Nigeria), Leon Balogun (Nigeria)

The Scottish Cup match was affected: January 21: Stirling Albion (H)

Scottish Premiership matches were affected: January 18: Aberdeen (A), January 26: Livingston (H), January 29: Ross County (A), February 2: Celtic (A), February 6: Hearts (H)

Athletic Alloa

Selected Player: Ferdinand Mendy (Guinea-Bissau)

Scottish League One matches were affected: January 8: Montrose (A), January 15: Queen’s Park (H), January 29: Clyde (A), February 5: Peterhead (A)

Sky Sports will broadcast AFCON live

The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in January and February.

The tournament, originally scheduled for June and July 2021, will be played in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports broadcasting all 52 matches live.

Twenty-four teams will take part, starting January 9 when the Cameroon hosts host Burkina Faso in Yaoundé, before culminating in the final on February 6 in the capital.

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