The African Cup of Nations is traditionally held in the winter and will have a significant impact on many teams, among which are representatives of this continent. The tournament runs from January 9 to February 6. Of course, some will go home earlier if they don't perform well.

Considering that the teams were required to release the players no later than January 3, many players will not be available for their clubs for almost a month. In addition, do not forget that players will be returning to, for example, the UK from Africa. Therefore, they may be placed under isolation due to the coronavirus, further increasing their period of absence.

Football.ua in this material has collected the most affected clubs in Europe because of the African Cup of Nations.

Napoli

Andre-Frank Zambo-Angissa (Cameroon), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Adam Unas (Algeria), Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)

The Neapolitans are fighting for the title this season, but many injuries have spoiled their plans in recent months. And now the African tournament is next in line, because of which Napoli will lose several leading players.

So, Luciano Spalletti will not count on the defense leader Kalidou Koulibaly. Also, Napoli will not help one of the essential elements in the field center, Zambo-Anissa.

Victor Osimhen had just recovered from his injury. He was supposed to be unavailable again due to participation in the tournament. Still, he did not go to the team's location due to the coronavirus, although he was in the application. The striker's current condition is not reported, but he will probably not go to the national team, and therefore Napoli will receive the player earlier than planned. Against the background of these three players, the loss of Unas will be invisible.

Liverpool

Sadio Mane (Senegal), Naby Keita (Guinea), Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

And if Napoli can focus exclusively on the Italian championship and play in a more or less adequate schedule, then Liverpool will soon have to suffer much more seriously. Jurgen Klopp will lose two leaders Salah and Mane. There is no need to explain how important these players are for the Reds.

Also, Naby Keita went to the location of the national team, who, although not an essential player in the base, regularly received playing time. To some extent, Liverpool should be glad that Joel Matip will not go to the Cameroon national team, for which he stopped playing back in 2016.

PSG

Abdou Diallo (Senegal), Idrissa Gouille (Senegal), Ashraf Hakimi (Morocco)

Of course, Paris Saint-Germain can be considered to have two squads to be a highly competitive team in the French Championship, but a stellar attacking line needs to be backed up by reliability in the rear. Yes, there will be problems with this shortly.

Mauricio Pochettino will not be able to count on Gana Guye, who can safely be considered the central defensive midfielder of the Parisians. There will also be no Abdu Diallo. This loss can be dealt with almost without loss of quality, but there is no similar Hakimi to a footballer on the right flank of the defense. The Parisian coaching staff will greatly miss the Moroccan. Such losses could cause problems for PSG where they shouldn't be.

Milan

Ballo-Toure (Senegal), Ismail Bennacer (Algeria), Frank Kessler (Ivory Coast)

Lately, Ballo-Toure, who is not the leading player, has often replaced Theo Hernandez, who was sick and injured. Still, thanks to the versatility of other players, Stefano Pioli will find a way out of this situation, which cannot be said about the central midfield.

Frank Yannick Kessler and Ismael Bennacer are among Milan's most expensive players, and their absence from midfield could be a huge problem. In addition, both play for the leading African teams, and therefore, they will probably stay in the tournament for a long time.

Only Rade Krunic, Sandro Tonali, and Tiemoue Bakayoko from the midfield players remain at the disposal of the Milan coaching staff. Hard times are coming.

Villarreal

Aissa Mandi (Algeria), Boulaye Dia (Senegal), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Samuel Chukweze (Nigeria)

Villarreal has many personnel losses due to the African Cup of Nations. So, four players will go to another continent at once. It is difficult to say that at least one of them is the undisputed starter, but all four will be a loss for Unai Emery.

Boulaye Dia gets a lot of playing time, averaging two goalscoring moves in three games. Chukwueze, after returning from injury, began to appear regularly on the field. Even though he is far from optimal form, he may well be the leader of this team.

Aissa Mundy is Unai Emery's first choice in central defense; when Albiol or Pau Torres can't play, Serge Aurier had a great start to the season but was injured. The Ivorian gives excellent movement on the flank and is helpful to the team.

Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Thomas Partey (Ghana), Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast), Mohamed El-Neni (Egypt)

To some extent, the losses here are more in name than in fact, but still. Thomas Party is an undisputed player in the main squad of the Gunners. Ghana is a backbone football player for Mikel Arteta, and therefore he will have a problem without him. Also, the problem is that El-Neni, similar to the Party in terms of functionality, will also go to the tournament, where he will defend the colors of the Egyptian team.

The losses of Aubameyang and Pepe sound quite status, but Nicolas does not get much playing time and is not a player of the leading team. Still, the Gabonese have suffered disciplinary sanctions because of his behavior and have not yet entered the field in the camp of the Gunners.

Watford

Ismaila Sarr (Senegal), Adam Masina (Morocco), Imran Louza (Morocco), William Ekong (Nigeria), Emmanuel Dennis (Nigeria)

Leicester

Daniel Amartya (Ghana), Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)

Crystal Palace

Cheikh Kouyate (Senegal), Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast), Jordan Ayew (Ghana)

No less serious losses and a few more modest teams in the championship of England. Due to the African Cup of Nations, Watford will be left without two defining attackers - Sarr and Dennis. In defense, the team will lose Ekong, who played almost all the season's matches from the first minutes. Claudio Ranieri will have to rebuild his team's game, given its new opportunities. The losses of Masina and Louza are not so significant, but in a rather busy schedule, each player has to account for gold.

No less bad situation and Leicester. Iheanacho and Ndidi are critical players for Rodgers and will be extremely hard to replace. Given that the "foxes" also have significant problems in defense, Amartei will also be missed. In addition, Ndidi often closed the position in security, and therefore these losses will cause a lot of problems for Leicester.

Due to the departure of players to national teams, the attacking potential of Crystal Palace will suffer significantly. Wilfried Zaha, the Eagles' leading player, will help the Ivorians win the tournament. Andre Ayew will also go to the national team. Patrick Vieira will have to rely on Benteke and Edouard with little to no ability to change the game along the way. Kouyate has also been a vital combat unit for many years - he will go to the Senegal national team.