CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 10: Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the Orange AFCON, Morocco 2015 Final Round Qualifier match between South Africa and Nigeria at Cape Town Stadium on September 10, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

7 Premier League Players in Line to Miss Start of 2016/17 as Final Olympic Squads Confirmed

With the final squads for the Olympic football tournament in Brazil now confirmed, there will be seven players from Premier League clubs from six different countries vying for medals when the tournament kicks off early next month.


Here's a look at exactly who...

7. Serge Gnabry (Germany)

This competition could be exactly what Germany winger Serge Gnabry needs to restore his confidence and establish himself at Arsenal after a disastrous loan spell at West Brom last season.


No male ​German team has played Olympic football since West Germany in 1988.

6. Joel Castro Pereira (Portugal)

​Big things are expected of 20-year-old Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira in the future. The Swiss-born stopper has been with Manchester United since 2012 and spent part of last season on loan with Rochdale in League One while still a teenager.


His emergence may yet lead the club to allow current third choice Sam Johnstone to leave.

5. Tiago Ilori (Portugal)

​Liverpool centre-back Tiago Ilori is the second Premier League-based player in the Portugal squad. Like Pereira, he was born abroad, briefly calling Hampstead in north London home before moving to Portugal at a young age.


A regular for Portugal at various age groups, Ilori has been with Liverpool since 2013 but is still waiting for his Premier League debut.

4. Takuma Asano (Japan)

​Arsenal's capture of Japan forward Takuma Asano earlier this summer came as something of a surprise. The 21-year-old spent the first three seasons of his professional career with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and was a complete unknown outside his homeland until recently.


The Olympics mean he'll have to wait before he can get down to business in London though.

3. Manuel Lanzini (Argentina)

​West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini had only a handful of Under-20 caps to his name before being called into Argentina's 18-man squad. The 23-year-old earned himself a £9m permanent move to the Hammers after impressive displays on loan last season.


Having won gold in 2004 and 2008, Argentina are looking for a third men's title in four cycles.

2. Son Heung-min (South Korea)

Despite already being a full international at the time of the last Olympics, Son Heung-min was not part of the South Korea squad that picked up a surprise bronze medal in London. Now 24, this time around the Spurs winger is one of the designated over-age players.


Son endured a disappointing end to his debut season with Tottenham and will be looking to use a strong Olympic tournament as a springboard to bounce back.

1. John Obi Mikel (Nigeria)

At 29, John Obi Mikel will be the fourth oldest player on display in Brazil, leading the Nigerian team as one of the Super-Eagles' designated over-age players.


The Chelsea midfielder is already a veteran of four African Cup of Nations as well as the 2014 World Cup. He has 75 senior international caps to his name and has also won every major honour that club football has to offer.

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