The 2023 AFCON and AFC Asian Cup are taking place on 13th and 14 January 2024, that is, at the end of next week. Having such prestigious tournaments played in the African and Asian regions held in the middle period of an European club football season means plenty of clubs will be affected by absences of notable players from the said continents, and we at OtherLeague.com have come up with the list of teams in the English Premier League that will be shorthanded in the coming month or so, with three-time defending English top-flight football champions Manchester City, last season’s fourth-placed team Newcastle United and newly promoted side Burnley being the only exceptions.
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17 Premier League Sides Face Key Departures for the 2023 AFCON and AFC Asian Cup
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, only three teams are sparred from having a weakened squad in the coming football month that is dominated by continental competitions in international football in the forms of the 2023 AFCON and AFC Cup, leaving Liverpool, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United, Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bournemouth, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Brentford, Everton, Luton Town and Sheffield United to face their following busy club schedules with a few key players missing each.
Names from the English Premier League who will be playing in the 2023 AFCON and AFC Asian Cup include Wataru Endo and Mohamed Salah for Liverpool, Bertrand Traoré for Aston Villa, Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu for Arsenal, Yves Bissouma, Son Heung-min and Pape Matar Sarr for Tottenham Hotspur, Nayef Aguerd and Mohammed Kudus for West Ham United, Simon Adingra and Kaoru Mitoma for Brighton & Hove Albion, Sofyan Amrabat, Amad Diallo and André Onana for Manchester United, Nicolas Jackson for Chelsea, Hwang Hee-chan, Justin Hubner, Rayan Aït-Nouri and Boubacar Traoré for Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Dango Ouattara and Antoine Semenyo for Bournemouth.
The list of English top-flight football players that are participating in the 2023 AFCON and AFC Asian Cup goes on with Fodé Ballo-Touré, Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi for Fulham, Jordan Ayew for Crystal Palace, Ola Aina, Serge Aurier, Willy Boly, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Moussa Niakhaté and Ibrahim Sangaré for Nottingham Forest, Saman Ghoddos, Kim Ji-soo, Frank Onyeka and Yoane Wissa for Brentford, Idrissa Gueye for Everton, Issa Kaboré for Luton Town, and Yasser Larouci and Anis Ben Slimane for Sheffield United.
What Does the 2023 AFCON and AFC Asian Cup Mean to City, Newcastle and Burnley?
The three teams that will not have any players involved in the 2023 AFCON and AFC Asian Cup will be delighted with their schedule ahead. For Manchester City, who are currently trailing leaders Liverpool by five points with a game in hand, they can rally themselves back in their quest of winning a record fourth consecutive crown at the Premier League in the upcoming month, while Eddie Howe’s Newcastle and Vincent Kompany’s Burnley are eyeing to work towards European club football as well as to stay in the English top-flight football with a full available squad (Apart from injuries and suspensions) at the end of the season respectively.
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Where to Watch the 2023 AFCON and AFC Asian Cup?
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