The Africa Cup of Nations always proves to be one of the most exciting continental tournaments, attracting millions of spectators from all over the world.
But the 2021 edition was moved back to January 2022, which means that it will once again cause disruption for most Premier League teams.
The good news is that the release date for those participating in the tournament has been moved to January 3, which means that top clubs will get one or two more matches of their African stars. The tournament ends on February 6.
Here is the full list of Premier League players going to Cameroon for the final.
Partey is the only member of Arsenal’s starting eleven for the tournament / Harriet Lander / GettyImages
Thomas Partey (Ghana) Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)
Star striker Aubameyang is among Arsenal’s players flying to AFCON, even though he has been left out of the last matchday and stripped of his captaincy due to a disciplinary offense nonetheless.
Traore has barely been involved in recent weeks / James Chance / GettyImages
Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)Trezeguet (Egypt)
The Villa duo have been on the fringes of the squad this season and their absence should not have too much of an impact on the process in the West Midlands.
Frank ‘The Tank’ Onyeka is already a fan favorite / Sebastian Frej / MB Media / GettyImages
Frank Onyeka (Nigeria)
The summer signing Onyeka is the only player from Brentford who is away for the tournament.
Bissouma will be absent for Brighton / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages
Yves Bissouma (Mali)Ulrick Eneme Ella (Gabon)
After a three-year absence, midfielder Bissouma has been recalled from box to box by his country when they want to conquer Africa.
Cornet has been one of the season’s signings / James Gill – Danehouse / GettyImages
Maxwel Cornet (Ivory Coast)
After such a fine start to life in England, Burnley will miss Cornet in their battle for the Premier League’s survival.
Mendy will be missing / Matthew Ashton – AMA / GettyImages
Edouard Mendy (Senegal)
While the Blues will be without their impressive goalkeeper in January, they have received a boost after Hakim Ziyech was left out of Morocco’s squad.
Zaha’s absence will be huge / Chloe Knott – Danehouse / GettyImages
Jordan Ayew (Ghana)Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal)Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)
Crystal Palace’s already thin squad will be pushed to the limit in the absence of three key men.
Iwobi will be Everton’s sole representative at AFCON / Visionhaus / GettyImages
Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)
While Iwobi has been called to AFCON, the perennially injured Jean-Philippe Gbamin has not done so.
Leeds Struggles for Premier League Survival / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages
Good news, Leeds fans – none of your players will be missed through international service in January.
Now, if only the recent increase in injuries will subside …
Iheanacho is one of four players Leicester will be without / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages
Daniel Amartey (Ghana)Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)Nampalys Mendy (Senegal)Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria)
Brendan Rodger’s squad is being decimated by injuries. He will not be happy to see four of his stars fly away in January.
Talk about irreplaceable … / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages
Near Keita (Guinea)Sadio Mane (Senegal)Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Eesh. Liverpool will almost certainly be hit hardest by AFCON absence.
Mahrez goes to AFCON in great shape / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Algeria’s captain Mahrez is on his way to AFCON – but will Man City manage without one of their several strikers?
Bailly is down the line at Old Trafford / Gareth Copley / GettyImages
Eric Bailly (CB)
Man Utd should be well stocked as midfielder in Bailly’s absence provided that Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof’s returns are even.
Eddie Howe has a big job on his hands / Stu Forster / GettyImages
Like Leeds, Newcastle’s struggle for survival will be helped by the fact that they have no AFCON representatives.
Can Dean Smith keep Norwich up? / Stephen Pond / GettyImages
See: Leeds, Newcastle.
Djenepo has been on the fringes of the Saints squad / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages
Moussa Djenepo (Mali)
Although the tricky outfielder Djenepo will not be available for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s election in the next month or so, Mohammed Salisu has not been called up by Ghana and will remain in England.
All Antonio Conte’s men will remain in England in January / Julian Finney / GettyImages
Spurs are the only top four challenger without a player on his way to AFCON.
Sarr will be a big miss / Alex Pantling / GettyImages
Emmanuel Dennis (Nigeria)Adam Masina (Morocco)Imran Louza (Morocco)Ismaila Sarr (Senegal)William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria)
Good luck to Claudio Ranieri and the rest of his Watford contingent who face six-pointers against Newcastle and Norwich in January.
Benrahma has taken the step this year / Alex Broadway / GettyImages
Said Benrahma (Algeria)
Benrahma’s breakout season at London Stadium will be put on ice while he is at AFCON.
Sais’ absence will be noticed / Steve Bardens / GettyImages
Willy Boly (Ivory Coast)Romain Saiss (Morocco)
Wolves have one of the smallest teams in the Premier League as it is and will have to do without these two midfielders.
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