Wolves are facing losing Boubacar Traore and Rayan Ait-Nouri to AFCON in January.

The youngsters’ nations – Mali and Algeria – have both sealed qualification for the finals in the Ivory Coast.

The tournament will run from January 13 – February 11.

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Mali sealed their qualification after topping their group with 15 points from their six games.

Algeria also won their group, taking 16 points from their six.

Now, Wolves face losing two of their brightest young talents in the middle of the season…

Wolves face losing Ait-Nouri and Traore to AFCON

As a result of Mali and Algeria both qualifying, Wolves may now lose two players for a couple of weeks at least.

Traore hasn’t actually been capped by the senior Mali side yet. But there has been an expectation that he will be called up having been a fairly prominent figure at youth level. He has been wearing the captain’s armband for the U23s in recent times.

French-born Ait-Nouri has only accrued three caps for Algeria so far, after switching his allegiance back in January of this year.

The youngster is a very exciting young talent and will surely be making Algeria’s final squad.

From a Wolves perspective it is not ideal for the club to potentially lose two fine young talents.

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But there is a decent level of cover within the squad.

Hugo Bueno, Jonny Castro Otto and Toti Gomes can all fill in at left-back/left wing-back.

And then in midfield, there is Mario Lemina – who won’t be going to AFCON after Gabon didn’t qualify – Joao Gomes, Tommy Doyle, Joe Hodge. Matheus Cunha and Pablo Sarabia are also options to play as attacking midfielders.

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