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AFCON: Andre Onana, Mohamed Salah and the 31 players set to miss Premier League games



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The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is set to disrupt the European season, with some Premier League clubs set to be severely affected


In an attempt to avoid overlapping with the European club campaign, the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations was initially set to be played in June and July. However, due to concerns over adverse weather conditions in Ivory Coast, the tournament was pushed back. It will now run between 13 January and 11 February.


The news went down like a lead balloon for Premier League clubs. For years, one of the pitfalls of signing the best African players has been the prospect of losing them for the tournament during the busy winter period.


And, thanks to the scheduling change, this season will be no different. Few English clubs will escape the effects of the 2023 AFCON, with as many as 31 players set to miss games for their respective clubs when the action kicks off.


Below, The Insight Media Sport Arena has taken a look at which Premier League stars are poised for a tournament-enforced absence this winter.


1. Rayan Ait-Nouri (Wolves, Algeria)

2. Yasser Larouci (Sheffield United, Algeria)

3. Bertrand Traore (AstonVilla, Burkina Faso)

4. Dango Ouattara (Bournemouth, Burkina Faso)

5. Issa Kabore (Luton Town, Burkina Faso)

6. Andre Onana (Manchester United, Cameroon)

7. Yoane Wissa (Brentford, DR Congo)

8. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, Egypt)

9. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)

10. Antoine Semenyo (Bournemouth, Ghana)

11. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, Ghana)

12. Mohammed Kudus (Westham, Ghana)

13. Simon Adingra (Brighton, Ivory Coast)

14. Ibrahim Sangare (Nottenham Forest, Ivory Coast)

15. Serge Aurier (Nottenham Forest, Ivory Coast)

16. Willy Boly (Nottenham Forest, Ivory Coast)

17. Yves Bissouma (Tottenham Hotspur, Mali)

18. Boubacar Traore (Wolves, Mali)

19. Nayef Aguerd (Westham, Morocco)

20. Sofyan Amrabat (Manchester United, Morroco)

21. Frank Onyeka (Brentford, Nigeria)

22. Alex Iwobi (Fulham, Nigeria)

23. Calvin Bassey (Fulham, Nigeria)

24. Ola Aina (Nottenham Forest, Nigeria)

25. Nicolas Jackson (Chelsea, Senegal)

26. Idrissa Gueye (Everton, Senegal)

27. Moussa Niakhate (Nottenham Forest, Senegal)

28. Fode Ballo-Toure (Fulham, Senegal)

29. Cheikhou Kouyate (Nottenham Forest, Senegal)

30. Pape Matar Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur, Senegal)

31. Anis Ben Slimane (Sheffield United Tunisia)

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