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The Premier League clubs that will be most affected by African Cup of Nation changes

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Premier League clubs and sides across Europe have been rocked by the confirmation that the next African Cup of Nations tournament will take place during the season.

The international tournament was moved to the summer months following a decision made by an executive committee in 2017 but, after just one tournament in this schedule, and will now return to its original winter date.

That will provide a significant impact to a host of clubs in the Premier League, who now face the prospect of being without key players for the first two months of 2021 - with the next tournament taking place in January and February next year.

Hosted in Cameroon, qualification for the competition has already started to take place with two of the six group-stage matches having been played - and the top-two in each group will qualify for the tournament.

The tournament will be a concern to a number of Premier League clubs and, based on their current squads, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Crystal Palace are set to be impacted the most - as they could be without as many as four players.

On the flip side, Bournemouth, Burnley, Chelsea, Norwich City and Sheffield United all have no reason to be concerned at the current time, as they have no African players within their ranks.

You can see the full list of players for each club below.
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