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The African Cup shakes the League: 11 players called from six teams

The African Cup shakes the League: 11 players called from six teams

Barcelona tries to rush the options to free Abde from his call-up with Morocco. Villarreal and Sevilla are the most affected.

Barça player Abde, during a match with Barcelona.

The Africa Cup is about to cause a tremendous upheaval in the League. In total, 11 players from six First Division teams have been called up by their respective teams to participate in this tournament, which will take place between January 9 and February 6 in Cameroon. Villarreal, who will lose a total of four footballers, and Sevilla, with three, are the most affected teams. Mallorca, Cádiz, Alavés and Barça, meanwhile, will have to cede each of them to a player, although in the case of the Barça entity they are trying to speed up the options to achieve that Abde, summoned by Morocco, is finally released from said summons.

The Barça first team, right now, is in the picture with a view to the match against Mallorca. Gavi Y Sergio Busquets they are dismissed due to the accumulation of cautions, Clément Lenglet Y Jordi Alba have tested positive for Covid, as has a Dani alves who will not be able to be registered until January 3, as Ferran Torres, the last Barcelona signing and who is still recovering from a fracture in his right foot. Y Ansu Fati, Pedri, Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite Y Sergi RobertoMeanwhile, they are also in the infirmary. Abde, in this case, will be able to play in Palma, since FIFA has given permission for footballers who play in Europe to concentrate with their respective teams from January 3, but Barça is reluctant to lose him for so long. Especially given the conditions the squad is in right now.

Morocco, however, is not in principle willing to give its arm to twist. FIFA regulations, which oblige clubs to assign their players to national teams, also protect their decision. In recent times, it has also transpired that there have been some movements to try to get Abde, who has dual nationality, to finally decide to play with The Red. Unsuccessfully. The player himself, in his social networks, has decided to identify himself as a footballer for the Moroccan team. In his decision, perhaps, he could have weighed the fact that another former Barça player, Munir, will fall from the plans of the Spanish coach after his debut with the absolute. For this reason, he started a process that, finally, allows him to compete with the group currently directed by Vahid Halilhodzic.

Munir, precisely, is one of the three Sevilla footballers who have been called up by the Moroccan team. He is joined by the goalkeeper Bond and another forward, En-Nesyri. Villarreal, meanwhile, is the team most affected by the Africa Cup, given that they will have to face the absences of Mandi (Algeria), Boulaye Day (Senegal), Aurier (Ivory Coast) and Chukwueze (Nigeria) at least until January 20, which is when the group stage of the competition ends. Alavés, meanwhile, will lose to Senegalese Loum, Cádiz, Equatorial Guinean Akapo and Mallorca, finally, to the Ghanaian Slime. In total, 11 players who will have to leave their respective clubs in the lurch at a tremendously inopportune moment, since in addition to the League, there is also the Copa del Rey.

Reference from elmundo