With the African Cup of Nations due to take place at the start of the new year, which clubs will be affected most in the Premier League?

Even though the 23 man squads haven’t been announced yet and aren’t due be announced until the beginning of the new year, some clubs face the prospect of losing up to four first team players, with others facing no disruption whatsoever.

The tournament takes place from January 14th through to February 5th with a possibility of some players missing up to ten games in all competitions if their nation reaches the latter stages of the competition.

Teams left in the EFL cup could be without their African stars for both legs of the semi-final and also miss the FA Cup third and fourth round fixtures.

Reigning Premier League champions Leicester City could be one of the worst hit by the competition. The Foxes are set to be without record signing Islam Slimani and reigning PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez as they head to Gabon with Algeria, while Jeffrey Schlupp and Daniel Amartey look likely to depart with Ghana.

Other top clubs have been better off however. Spurs’ Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama will be available as Kenya failed to make the tournament. Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Chelsea’s duo of Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel, who all represent Nigeria, will also be staying put as The Super Eagles failed to qualify.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane could arguably be the biggest loss as he departs with Senegal and is likely to miss crucial games against rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.

Arsenal and Manchester United face minimal disruption with Mohamed Elneny likely to be leaving the Gunners with Egypt and Eric Bailly departing United with Ivory Coast.

Teams towards the bottom of the table especially Sunderland and West Ham won’t be looking forward to the New Year. The Black Cats will be without Papy Djilobodji, Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Didier Ndong. The Hammers are also set to have four players leave them with Cheikhou Kouyate, Andre Ayew, Sofiane Fehgouli and Diafra Sakho all likely to be selected for their countries.

Players could be returning back to England quicker than anticipated though if they crash out at the group stages, as countries have to release players back to their clubs a day after their side have been eliminated.

List of players likely to be missing from their clubs…

ARSENAL

Mohamed Elneny, Egypt

BOURNEMOUTH

Max Gradel, Ivory Coast

BURNLEY

Tendayi Darikwa, Zimbabwe

CHELSEA

None

CRYSTAL PALACE

Kwesi Appiah, Ghana
Bakary Sako, Mali

EVERTON

Yannick Bolasie, DR Congo
Idrissa Gueye, Senegal
Arouna Kone, Ivory Coast
Oumar Niasse, Senegal

HULL

Ahmed Elmohamady, Egypt
Dieumerci Mbokani, DR Congo

LEICESTER

Daniel Amartey, Ghana
Jeffrey Schlupp Ghana
Riyad Mahrez, Algeria
Islam Slimani, Algeria

LIVERPOOL

Sadio Mane, Senegal

MANCHESTER CITY

None

MANCHESTER UNITED

Eric Bailly, Ivory Coast

MIDDLESBROUGH

Adama Traore, Mali

SOUTHAMPTON

Sofiane Boufal, Morocco

STOKE

Wilfried Bony, Ivory Coast
Mame Biram Diouf, Senegal
Ramadan Sobhi, Egypt

SUNDERLAND

Papy Djilobodji, Senegal
Wahbi Khazri, Tunisia
Lamine Kone, Ivory Coast
Didier Ndong, Gabon

SWANSEA

None

TOTTENHAM

None

WATFORD

Nordin Amrabat, Morocco
Brice Dja Djedje, Ivory Coast
Adlene Guedioura, Algeria

WEST BROM

Allan Nyom, Cameroon

WEST HAM

Andre Ayew, Ghana
Sofiane Fehgouli, Algeria
Cheikhou Kouyate, Senegal
Diafra Sakho, Senegal

By Charlie Smith – Twitter @CharlieSmith118

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