South coast clubs have players unavailable due to ongoing international tournaments, the African Cup of Nations and the Asian Cup.
Bournemouth forward Antoine Semenyo could be returning to the south coast earlier than he would’ve liked if his national side Ghana lose to Egypt this evening. This is due to Ghana losing to Camp Verde, meaning Ghana leave the competition due to them losing on head to head.
Dango Ouattara’s Burkina Faso face Algeria over the weekend. Burkina Faso won their first game in a narrow 1-0 win against Mauritania but Ouattara stayed on the sidelines.
Southampton player Joe Aribo is away with Nigeria as they face Ivory Coast tonight. Aribo is not expected to start but may make an appearance off the bench, similar to Nigeria’s first game against Equatorial Guinea, a game they drew 1-1.
Portsmouth forward Kusini Yengi will be away for an extended period as Australia confirmed their place in the knockout stages after winning 1-0 against Syria in the Asian Cup. Yengi came off the bench as the last substitute to see out the game.
With Australia qualifying for the round of 16, Yengi won’t return to English soil until at least the 31st of January, meaning he will miss a minimum of three games. The earliest he could return is Portsmouth’s clash against Northampton Town on the 3rd of February and could be longer if the Aussie’s continue to progress in the competition.