Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy admits the African Nations Cup has placed huge pressure on the Premiership's African players.
McCarthy, Blackburn's top scorer with 24 goals last season, has already struck six times this term but insists his side will not miss him when he leaves for six weeks of African Nations Cup duty in the New Year.
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."