Despite some reservations whether it will be ready in time the 27th edition of the African Cup of Nations will begin on 10 January and its effect will be felt clubs teams across Europe.
The Premier League could miss up to 31 players with Chelsea set to lose stars such as Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel.
Other sides such as Manchester City and Hull will lose three players each while another 11 teams will be missing one or two key players for what could be up to six weeks.
But it is Portsmouth, with six players travelling to Angola, who could be hardest hit and even if Drogba thinks Chelsea can cope during the meantime, others are confident about Pompey.
Do you think your team will suffer during this period? And do you think it's time for a re-think about whether the tournament needs to be every two years, as even Drogba has suggested himself?
No-one is saying that international tournaments should bow to the Premier League, but with the Africa's first World Cup looming does this Cup of Nations pose more problems than it should?
Of course, it does provide competitive matches ahead of South Africa 2010, which will be invaluable to the teams competing, but you would hate the World Cup to be deprived of Essien or Drogba at their peak because they have already burnt out.
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