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The Africa Cup of Nations 2021 is right on the horizon! The competition will be host by Cameroon and is set to take place from January 9 until February 6 of 2022.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in June and July 2021 but the CAF announced on 15 January 2020 that due to unpleasant climatic conditions during this period, it would take place from 9 January to 6 February 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic also affected the Africa Cup of Nations 2021, as it was moved for the second time to January 2022, whilst keeping the name 2021 Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship purposes.
However, the competition will badly affect many European clubs, who have African players, as they will have to miss the January and February games to join their national teams.
And here are the top 10 stars from the Premier League who will miss some games in the beginning of 2022 to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Edouard Mendy has proved himself to be Chelsea’s No 1 keeper and has been pivotal in Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League and Super Cup winning campaigns.
The 29-year-old’s absence will be a huge blow for the Blues and most likely Kepa Arrizabalaga will replace him for a month.
Mendy played 12 games this season for Chelsea, conceded 5 goals and kept 7 clean sheets.
One of West Ham United’s key men, Saïd Benrahma will hand his team a blow with joining his national team in the African Cup of Nations this winter.
The 26-year-old has been absolutely crucial for the Hammers, playing 12 games, scoring 4 goals and assisting twice.
Thomas Partey has struggled with injuries this season as well at Arsenal, however, when fit he’s Mikel Arteta’s first choice starter in the midfield.
The 28-year-old has made 7 appearances this season, scored once, and surely his absence will give some headache to head coach Arteta.