African Nations Cup impact keenly felt
LIBREVILLE (Reuters) The impact of the African Nations Cup on clubs in Europe is again likely canada goose uk outlet to canada goose uk black friday be keenly felt over the next weeks with teams losing significant players to the tournament in Gabon, which gets under way on Saturday.
Clubs in England and France have lost 89 players to the three week event, with Portuguese, Spanish and canada goose black friday sale Turkish clubs also hit as their African players head to Gabon.
Just under two thirds of the 368 players at the Nations Cup come from Europe a total of buy canada goose jacket 232 from 28 canada goose uk shop different countries and the rest are from African clubs with a handful from teams in Canada, China, the Middle East, the United States and Vietnam.
English champions Leicester City, struggling to stay away from Premier League relegation this season, have lost three regulars to the tournament cheap canada goose uk as they prepare to face leaders Chelsea and then go on tricky trips to Southampton and Burnley.
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Sunday clash between Manchester United and Liverpool sees both sides having to do without an important Canada canada goose sale uk Goose online element Canada Goose Jackets of their line up. Defender Eric Bailly is playing instead for Canada Goose sale cup holders Ivory Coast at the finals with Liverpool Sadio Mane leading Senegal challenge for a first African title.
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FIFA regulations allow a call up uk canada goose outlet a fortnight before a continental championship and so effectively players with Canada Goose Coats On Sale a country that reaches the final four of the Nations Cup are away canada goose factory sale for five weeks. They are then likely to need some rest before returning to club action.
Liverpool have sent a physiotherapist to travel with Mane, keen to get the striker back unscathed from Gabon.
In France, leaders Nice must canada goose coats do without Ivorian Jean Michael Seri, who has been among their top canada goose clearance sale performers this season. They would also have had to do without Younes Belhanda, but https://www.canadagoose-online-shop.co.uk the Moroccan broke his toe last month and will not return until the end of January, ruling him out of a trip to the Nations Cup.
Struggling Lille have five players in Gabon, and Angers also in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table lose four regulars with tough games against Girondins Bordeaux and St Etienne over the next two weeks.
The canada goose timing of the tournament remains a massive source of irritation for club coaches but a cacophony of complaints every two years is brushed aside with disdain by the Confederation of African Football, determined the competition will not move from its slot in January.
Nations Cup is an aberration for the players who canada goose clearance are (at clubs) in Europe, said Stade Rennes manager Christian Gourcuff, who last year left his job as coach of Algeria to return to France, summing up the mood of many.