34 Premier League Footballers Called Up For AFCON

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34 Premier League footballers across 16 clubs have been called up to AFCON, AKA the African Cup of Nations.

The Africa Cup of Nations will run from January 9 to February 6 with players called up missing at least one Premier League round (weekend of January 15/16), the FA Cup third round (weekend of January 8) and the Carabao Cup semi-finals (w/c January 3 and January 10) in the best-case scenario for their clubs.

However, the worst case scenario would see players miss four Premier League rounds, both Carabao Cup semi-finals and both the FA Cup third and fourth rounds – and that’s barring any injuries, health or fitness issues which may occur as a result of the matches and travel.

In December, it was confirmed by the Confederation of African Football [CAF] that players will be allowed to feature for their clubs until January 3 rather than missing matches due to a clause that sees players released 14 days before international tournaments.

The tournament kicks off in Cameroon on January 9, but who will be departing? Well, Liverpool are the most obviously affected with Salah and Mane among the departures, but Arsenal will lose five players while Leicester, Watford and Crystal Palace will lose four players each.

In total, over 30 Premier League players are set to miss out – while Hakim Ziyech and Joel Matip will remain with their respective clubs.

Arsenal

Players selected:

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 9: Nottingham Forest (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 16: Tottenham (A); Jan 22: Burnley (H); Feb 8: Wolves (A)

Aston Villa

Players selected:

  • Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)
  • Trezeguet (Egypt)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 10: Manchester United (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Man Utd (H); Jan 22: Everton (A); Feb 8: Leeds (H)

Brentford

Players selected:

  • Frank Onyeka (Nigeria)
  • Julian Jeanvier (Guinea)
  • Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Ghana)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: Port Vale (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Liverpool (A); Jan 22: Wolves (H); Feb 9: Man City (A)

Brighton

Player selected:

  • Yves Bissouma (Mali)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: West Brom (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 14: Crystal Palace (H); Jan 22: Leicester (A); Feb 8: Chelsea (H)

Burnley

Player selected:

  • Maxwel Cornet (Ivory Coast)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: Huddersfield Town (H)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Leicester (H); Jan 22: Arsenal (A); Feb 8: Man Utd (H)

Chelsea

Player selected:

  • Edouard Mendy (Senegal)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: Chesterfield (H)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Man City (A); Jan 23: Tottenham (H); Feb 8: Brighton (A)

Crystal Palace

Players selected:

  • Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal)
  • Jordan Ayew (Ghana)
  • Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: Millwall (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 14: Brighton (A); Jan 23: Liverpool (H); Feb 8: Norwich (A)

Everton

Player selected:

  • Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: Hull City (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Norwich (A); Jan 22: Aston Villa (H); Feb 9: Newcastle (A)

Leicester

Players selected:

  • Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)
  • Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria)
  • Daniel Amartey (Ghana)
  • Nampalys Mendy (Senegal)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: Watford (H)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Burnley (A); Jan 22: Brighton (H); Jan 9: Liverpool (A)

Liverpool

Players selected:

  • Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
  • Sadio Mane (Senegal)
  • Naby Keita (Guinea)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 9: Shrewsbury Town (H)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Brentford (H); Jan 23: Crystal Palace (A); Feb 9: Leicester (H)

Man City

Player selected:

  • Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 7: Swindon Town (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Chelsea (H); Jan 22: Southampton (A); Feb 9: Brentford (H)

Man Utd

Players selected:

  • Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast)
  • Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)
  • Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 10: Aston Villa (H)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Aston Villa (A); Jan 22: West Ham (H); Feb 8: Burnley (A)

Southampton

Players selected:

  • Moussa Djenepo (Mali)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: Swansea (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Wolves (A); Jan 22: Man City (H); Feb 9: Tottenham (A)

Watford

Players selected:

  • William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria)
  • Imran Louza (Morocco)
  • Adam Masina (Morocco)
  • Ismaila Sarr (Senegal)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 8: Leicester (A)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Newcastle (A); Jan 21: Norwich (H); Feb 8: West Ham (A)

West Ham

Players selected:

  • Said Benrahma (Algeria)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 9: Leeds (H)

PL games impacted: Jan 16: Leeds (H); Jan 22: Man Utd (A); Feb 8: Watford (H)

Wolves

Players selected:

  • Willy Boly (Ivory Coast)
  • Romain Saiss (Morocco)

FA Cup game impacted: Jan 9: Sheffield United (H)

PL games impacted: Jan 15: Southampton (H); Jan 22: Brentford (A); Feb 8: Arsenal (H)

EFL & SPFL Players Called Up

Meanwhile, the Premier League isn’t the only league in the UK affected.

  • 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 Town: Jojo Wollacott (Ghana)

Rangers will also be without Joe Aribo, while Calvin Bassey has not been selected and Leon Balogun looks set to miss out due to injury. Aribo could miss one Scottish Cup game – Jan 21: Stirling Albion (H) – and five Premiership fixtures – Jan 18: Aberdeen (A), Jan 26: Livingston (H), Jan 29: Ross County (A), Feb 2: Celtic (A), Feb 6: Hearts (H)

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

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

24 teams will take part, kicking off on January 9 as hosts Cameroon host Burkina Faso in Yaounde, before culminating in the final on February 6 in the capital.

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