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    Africa Cup of Nations 2017 - who will be probably missing (Part 1)


    The 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is some way a low blow for Premier League clubs.


    Despite, that Africans represent just 10 per cent of all players (58 out of 586) and only 34 of them might get called up, some teams will struggle to perform well, as their performance highly depends on footballers from the Dark Continent.

    As the possible outcome for each nation could be either winning or losing, PL clubs are likely to welcome back injured and tired players, who are unable to help the team for the rest of the campaign.

    With 5 clubs going through the first two months of the new year smoothly, the rest of the crew must deal with cadre issues during the tournament.


    AFC Bournemouth:
    - Benik Afobe (Ivory Coast)
    - Max Gradel (DR Congo)

    The absence of Afobe and Gradel shouldn't be a major issue for Eddie Howe. Both players lack form, and fail to make mark for themselves this season. The club won't certainly be without good options in attack.

    Fixtures to be missed:
    @ Hull (14/01/2017), KCOM Stadium
    vs Watford (21/07/2017), Vitality Stadium
    vs Crystal Palace (31/01/2017), Vitality Stadium
    @ Everton (04/02/2017), Goodison Park


    Arsenal:
    - Mohammed Elneny (Egipt)

    Arsene Wenger has currently nine injured players in his 38 men squad, luckily enough none of them plays defense in the second line. Yet, the lost of Elneny could be the beginning of another nightmare for Arsenal, as both Ramsey and Coquelin are susceptible for injuries.

    Fixtures to be missed:
    @ Swansea (14/01/2017), Liberty Stadium
    vs Burnley (22/01/2017), Emirates Stadium
    vs Watford (31/01/2017), Emirates Stadium
    @ Chelsea (04/02/2017), Stamford Bridge


    Crystal Palace:
    - Kwesi Appiah (Ghana)
    - Bakary Sako (Mali)
    - Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast) 

    Palace has a great chance of grasping points from upcoming fixtures, as 4 of their 6 future rivals come from the lower half of the table. However, Sam Allardyce's squad will have to show off without its best winger and extra striker. Kwesi Appiah's absence isn't either good or bad for the Londoners.

    Fixtures to be missed:
    @ West Ham (14/01/2017), London Stadium
    vs Everton (21/01/2017), Selhurst Park
    @ Bournemouth (31/01/2017), Vitality Stadium
    vs Sunderland (04/02/2017), Selhurst Park


    Everton:
    - Idrissa Gueye (Senegal)
    - Oumar Niasse (Senegal)
    - Arouna Kone (Ivory Coast)

    The Toffees will surely miss Idrissa Gueye in midfield. The summer signing from Aston Villa has proved to be the leader of Everton's second line, starting in nearly every single game in PL this season. Oumar Niasse and Arouna Kone seem to be redundant for the club and are expected to leave Merseyside permanently next month. 

    Fixtures to be missed:
    vs Man City (15/01/2017), Goodison Park
    @ Crystal Palace (21/01/2017), Selhurst Park
    @ Stoke (01/02/2017), Bet365 Stadium
    vs Bournemouth (04/02/2017), Goodison Park


    Hull City:
    - Ahmed Elmohamady (Egipt)
    - Dieumerci Mbokani (DR Congo)

    No Elmohamady = no chance getting out of the relegation zone. Dieumerci Mbokani is set to leave the club in January anyway. 

    Fixtures to be missed: 
    vs Bournemouth (14/01/2017), KCOM Stadium
    @ Chelsea (22/01/2017), Stamford Bridge
    @ Man Utd (01/02/2017), Old Trafford
    vs Liverpool (04/02/2017), KCOM Stadium


    Leicester City:
    - Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
    - Islam Slimani (Algeria)
    - Jeff Schlupp (Ghana)
    - Daniel Amartey (Ghana)
    - Yohan Benalouane (Tunisia)

    Leicester City's suffering this season will continue, as the top two goal scorers, the stand-by left-back, the leading defensive midfielder and the deep-reserve center-back are off for international duty. The rest of the team must really step up if the Foxes are planning to stay up this year. 

    Fixtures to be missed:
    vs Chelsea (14/01/2017), King Power Stadium
    @ Southampton (22/01/2017), St. Mary's Stadium
    @ Burnley (31/01/2017), Turf Moor
    vs Man Utd (05/02/2017), King Power Stadium


    To be continued...



    Dane Chyla




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