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Revealed! EVERY Premier League player set to leave for AFCON and the Asian Cup

Revealed! EVERY Premier League player set to leave for AFCON and the Asian Cup

This year is a busy one in the world of international football, with the European Championship and Copa America scheduled for the summer.

Africa and Asia are also holding the latest editions of their respective continental competitions in 2024 – but unfortunately for Premier League clubs, both tournaments are taking place in the middle of the season.

The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Ivory Coast on January 13, with the final set for February 11.

The Asian Cup, which is being hosted by Qatar, will take place between January 12 and February 10.

Dozens of Premier League players are about to jet off to the tournaments, much to the annoyance of managers up and down the division.

Which clubs will be most affected? We have run through every absentee below.


Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)
Takehiro Tomiyasu (Japan)

Aston Villa

Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)


Dango Ouattara (Burkina Faso)
Antoine Semenyo (Ghana)


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


Simon Adingra (Ivory Coast)
Kaoru Mitoma (Japan)




Nicolas Jackson

Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson and Manchester City’s Manuel Akanji challenge for a ball in November 2023. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Nicolas Jackson (Senegal)

Crystal Palace

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)


Idrissa Gueye (Senegal)


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


Wataru Endo (Japan)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)


Issa Kabore (Burkina Faso)

Manchester City


Manchester United

Andre Onana reacts during Manchester United's Premier League game against Nottingham Forest in August 2023.

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Andre Onana (Cameroon)
Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco)



Nottingham Forest

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

Sheffield United

Anis Ben Slimane (Tunisia)
Yasser Larouci (Algeria)


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

West Ham

Nayef Aguerd (Morocco)
Mohammed Kudus (Ghana)


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

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