Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has already been shaken by the news that he will be without Edouard Mendy for the next month.
It’s a little different for the current international break, as the goalkeeper skips duty with Senegal to operate on a tooth.
“Edou Mendy will stay because he had tooth surgery,” Tuchel confirmed after his team’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United last weekend. “He has to go to the dentist because he has to do it. That’s why we’re doing it now.”
However, the Chelsea boss will not get the same luxury next season.
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The African Cup of Nations is being held in early 2022, and after Senegal sealed their passage to the finals in November, defeating Guinea-Bissau 1-0, it means Tuchel has already lost Mendy.
The competition, which Algeria last won, was scheduled to take place earlier this year, but was forced to move for a year due to the coronavirus crisis.
As a result, the tournament in Cameroon will be held for most of January and until February 2022, with dates yet to be confirmed.
As expected, the senior dates for the tournament are filled with crowds of Premier League managers, and some of their key players are ready to miss much of the season.
In a further blow, Hakim Ziyech is ready to join Mendy on a trip to Cameroon for the tournament as Morocco are on the verge of securing a road to the final
Ziyech scored the opening goal in a 2-0 victory against the Central African Republic last November and requested assistance for Youssef En-Nesyri’s late strike.
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Morocco have yet to secure their place at AFCON 2022, but it will take a big boost in the results in the last matches left in Group E to miss.
The Atlas Lions lead their group with 10 points, a six-point lead and a +11 goal difference in third-placed Burundi with the remaining two games.
The top two teams qualify for the tournament, and Morocco could book a ticket against Mauritian on Friday night.