Manchester City might have a bonus within the Premier League title race by way of January as its rivals withstand shedding key gamers to the African Cup of Nations and Asia Cup.
As the Premier League emerges from a frantic set of festive fixtures with solely six factors separating the highest 5, managers might be busy drawing up contingency plans.
Some will probably deem it essential to dip into the switch market to make up for the lack of some prime performers.
But whereas Liverpool will lose Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Tottenham Hotspur must make do with out South Korea’s Son Heung-min, champions Manchester City might be unaffected.
City supervisor Pep Guardiola doesn’t have a single participant jetting off to both the Ivory Coast or Qatar for the continental tournaments that begin on January 13 and January 12 respectively and run for nearly a month.
Leaders Liverpool, which heads Aston Villa by three factors after its win over Newcastle United on Monday, will wave goodbye to Salah, who with 14 targets is the joint-top scorer within the Premier League this season, equal with Erling Haaland.
They may even be lacking combative midfielder Wataru Endo, who will be part of up with Japan.
“It’s a bit of a shame how he found his feet and now he goes to the Asian Cup,” supervisor Juergen Klopp mentioned.
Surprise title challengers Villa will solely lose squad participant Bertrand Traore to Burkina Faso however fourth-placed Arsenal might be more durable hit with Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (Japan) all heading off for an unspecified period of time, relying on the progress of their nations.
Tottenham has been bedevilled by accidents within the final couple of months and now supervisor Ange Postecoglou must adapt to captain Son, who has scored 12 league targets, representing South Korea. Tottenham additionally misplaced midfielder Yves Bissouma to Mali whereas Pape Sarr, who was injured in opposition to Bournemouth on Sunday, is a part of Senegal’s squad.
Resurgent West Ham United, who’s in sixth place, might be hampered by the lack of key Ghanian midfielder Mohammed Kudus.
Manchester United’s under-pressure supervisor Erik Ten Hag might do with out shedding Andre Onana (Cameroon), Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco) and Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast) as he tries to show round what has been a dreadful season up to now.
At the opposite finish of the desk, Nottingham Forest is the worst hit because it prepares to make do with out six gamers for the following few weeks together with Ivory Coast trio Serge Aurier, Willy Boly and Ibrahim Sangare.
Struggling Brentford might be with out midfielders Saman Ghoddos (Iran) and Frank Onyeka (Nigeria) together with striker Yoane Wissa (DR Congo).
The Premier League takes a breather this weekend with the FA Cup third spherical taking priority whereas all golf equipment can have one of many two following weekends off in a mini winter break.
By that stage the group phases of the AFCON and Asia Cup might be just about over, that means some gamers could also be heading again.