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English Premier League players set for AFCON action

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Posted on January 5, 2017

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With the just around the corner, the are set to lose some of the finest football players in Africa.

A massive 22 first-team players head to Gabon from England for a potential three weeks lead by top scorer Sadio Mane of Senegal and EPL Player of the Season Riyad Mahrez.

Some clubs are not as lucky as Arsenal & Manchester United who’ll lose a single player each for the AFCON such as Leicester City & Stoke City who’ll have to do without three integral players each.

It is of no surprise that Ivory Coast are the side with most players playing in the English Premier League as they boast five athletes amongst their ranks

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Below, we preview the players who are set to star for their nations in Gabon.

Arsenal:

Mohamed Elneny –
Position: Midfield

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Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images


Bournemouth:

Max Gradel – Ivory Coast
Position: Winger

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Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images


Crystal Palace:

Bakary Sako – Mali
Position: Midfield

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Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images


Wilfried Zaha – Ivory Coast
Position: Winger
Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Everton:

Idrissa Gana Gueye – Senegal
Position: Midfield

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Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images

Hull City:

Ahmed Elmohamady – Egypt
Position: Fullback
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Dieumerci Mbokani – DR Congo
Position: Forward

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Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Leicester City:

Daniel Amartey – Ghana
Position: Midfield

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Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images


Islam Slimani – Algeria
Position: Forward
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Photo by Michael Reagan/Getty Images


Riyad Mahrez – Algeria
Position: Winger
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Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Liverpool:

Sadio Mané – Senegal
Position: Winger

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Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images


Manchester United:

Eric Bailly – Ivory Coast
Position: Defender

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Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Southampton:

Sofiane Boufal – Morocco
Position: Winger

Photo by Michael Reagan/Getty Images

Photo by Michael Reagan/Getty Images

Stoke City:

Mame Biram Diouf – Senegal
Position: Forward

Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images


Ramadan Sobhi – Egypt
Position: Winger
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Photo by Michael Reagan/Getty Images


Wilfried Bony – Ivory Coast
Position: Forward
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Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Sunderland:

Didier Ndong – Gabon
Position: Midfield

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Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images


Lamine Koné – Ivory Coast
Position: Midfield
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Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images


Wahbi Khazri – Tunisia
Position: Winger
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Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Watford:

Adlène Guedioura – Algeria
Position: Midfield

Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

West Ham United:

André Ayew – Ghana
Position: Forward

Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images


Cheikhou Kouyaté – Senegal
Position: Midfield
Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

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