Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy admits the African Nations Cup has placed huge pressure on the Premiership's African players.
But McCarthy added: "There is a whole lot of pressure on African players. It is alarming how many will be leaving and it will surely have an effect on the Premiership.
"There's little or nothing I can do as a player since it is a FIFA-sanctioned competition.
"It is tough and often jeopardises the career of a player but everyone wants to represent their country at international level. Blackburn will cope without me."