How many players do clubs lose to AFCON and Asian Cup?

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Premier League clubs will be without key players over the next month as African and Asian players look to bring glory to their respective countries.

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) runs from January 13 to 11 February in Ivory Coast, while the Asian Cup, in Qatar, will take place from 12 January to 10 February. 

In total, 39 Premier League players will be away representing their countries.

Senegal are the African nation featuring the most Premier League players with six, including Nottingham Forest's Moussa Niakhate. The defender is one of six Forest players taking part in AFCON, more than any other club in the Premier League. 

In comparison, Manchester City, Burnley and Newcastle United each have no players featuring in either tournament.

Here are all the Premier League players heading off to AFCON and the Asian Cup and the matches they could miss.


Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Japan) 

Fixtures: Liverpool (FA Cup), Crystal Palace (H), Nott'm Forest (A), Liverpool (H), West Ham (A)

Aston Villa

Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)

Fixtures: Middlesbrough (FA Cup), Everton (A), Newcastle (H), Sheff Utd (A), Man Utd (H)

AFC Bournemouth

Dango Ouattara (Burkina Faso), Antoine Semenyo (Ghana)

Fixtures: QPR (FA Cup), Liverpool (H), West Ham (A), Nott'm Forest (H), Fulham (A)


Saman Ghoddos (Iran), Kim Ji-soo (South Korea), Frank Onyeka (Nigeria), Yoane Wissa (DR Congo)

Fixtures: Nott'm Forest (H), Spurs (A), Man City (H), Wolves (A)

Brighton & Hove Albion

Simon Adingra (Ivory Coast), Kaoru Mitoma (Japan)

Fixtures: Stoke (FA Cup), Wolves (H), Luton (A), Crystal Palace (H), Spurs (A)



Fixtures: Luton (H), Man City (A), Fulham (H), Liverpool (A)


Nicolas Jackson (Senegal)

Fixtures: Preston (FA Cup), Middlesbrough (EFL Cup), Fulham (H), Middlesbrough (EFL Cup), Liverpool (A), Wolves (H), Crystal Palace (A)

Crystal Palace

Jordan Ayew (Ghana)

Fixtures: Arsenal (A), Sheff Utd (H), Brighton (A), Chelsea (H)


Idrissa Gueye (Senegal)

Fixtures: Aston Villa (H), Fulham (A), Spurs (H), Man City (A)


Calvin Bassey (Nigeria), Alex Iwobi (Nigeria), Fode Ballo-Toure (Senegal)

Fixtures: Liverpool (EFL Cup), Chelsea (A), Liverpool (EFL Cup), Everton (H), Burnley (A), Bournemouth (H)


Wataru Endo (Japan), Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Fixtures: Arsenal (FA Cup), Fulham (EFL Cup), Bournemouth (A), Fulham (EFL Cup), Chelsea (H), Arsenal (A), Burnley (H)

Luton Town

Issa Kabore (Burkina Faso)

Fixtures: Bolton (FA Cup), Burnley (A), Brighton (H), Newcastle (A), Sheff Utd (H)

Manchester City


Fixtures: Huddersfield (FA Cup), Newcastle (A), Burnley (H), Brentford (A), Everton (H)

Manchester United

Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco), Andre Onana (Cameroon)

Fixtures: Wigan (FA Cup), Spurs (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Aston Villa (A) 



Fixtures: Man City (H), Aston Villa (A), Luton (H), Nott'm Forest (A)

Nottingham Forest

Ola Aina (Nigeria), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Willy Boly (Ivory Coast), Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Moussa Niakhate (Senegal), Ibrahim Sangare (Ivory Coast)

Fixtures: Blackpool (FA Cup), Brentford (A), Arsenal (H), Bournemouth (A), Newcastle (H)

Sheffield United 

Yasser Larouci (Algeria), Anis Ben Slimane (Tunisia)

Fixtures: Gillingham (FA Cup), West Ham (H), Crystal Palace (A), Aston Villa (H), Luton (A) 

Tottenham Hotspur

Yves Bissouma (Mali), Son Heung-min (South Korea), Pape Sarr (Senegal)

Fixtures: Man Utd (A), Brentford (H), Everton (A), Brighton (H)

West Ham United

Nayef Aguerd (Morocco), Mohammed Kudus (Ghana)

Fixtures: Bristol City (FA Cup), Sheff Utd (A), Bournemouth (H), Man Utd (A), Arsenal (H)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Rayan Ait-Nouri (Algeria), Hwang Hee-chan (South Korea), Justin Hubner (Indonesia), Boubacar Traore (Mali) 

Fixtures: Brighton (A), Man Utd (H), Chelsea (A), Brentford (H)

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