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African Cup of Nations: how it could affect La Liga

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Ike Uche's Nigeria didn't qualify, but who did? And which La Liga players might therefore miss a month of the season?

Uche won't be there, but a dozen La Liga players will be
Uche won't be there, but a dozen La Liga players will be
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Here are the teams that qualified, with players active in the Primera Division who have been called up by them in the past year or so listed.

Algeria-- Mehdi Lacen (Getafe), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Nabil Ghilas (Cordoba)

Burkina Faso-- Jonathan Zongo (Almeria)

Cameroon-- Stephane M'Bia (Sevilla), Patrick Ekeng (Cordoba)

Cape Verde--  Garry Rodrigues (Elche).

Congo Republic-- Thievy Bifouma (Almeria)

Gabon-- Lévy Malinda (Celta)

Guinea-- Lass Bangoura (Rayo Vallecano)

Ivory Coast-- Arthur Boka (Malaga)

Senegal-- Papa Diop (Levante)

DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Mali, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia--none.

So in total, there are 12 La Liga players who will likely be lost to their clubs for some period (the tournament runs from January 17 to February 8).  Almeria and Cordoba are the two clubs that are likely to lose two players each, not good for them since they already have small rosters.

Valencia's Fegouhli and Sevilla's M'Bia are the only players likely to be lost from the bigger Primera clubs.