Several Bundesliga clubs have had to part company with some of their star players this January as they head to Africa to represent their countries in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Find out which Bundesliga stars are involved in the tournament, and track their progress below...
FC Ingolstadt 04: Marcel Tisserand (DR Congo)
Wednesday, 25 January
Egypt 1-0 Ghana
Schalke forward Bernard Tekpetey appeared as a 72nd minute substitute for Ghana, but was unable to help the Black Stars secure a point against Egypt. Ghana nevertheless qualified for the quarter-finals, where they will face DR Congo on Sunday.
Uganda 1-1 Mali
Bremen's Sambou Yatabare was brought on in the 77th minute of Mali's 1-1 draw with Uganda. The stalemate was not enough for Mali to progress to the knockout rounds, however, so Yatabare will soon be returning to Bremen.
Tuesday, 24 January
Togo 1-3 DR Congo
Ingolstadt defender Marcel Tisserand played from start to finish for DR Congo in Port Gentil to help his side finish top of Group C with seven points from three games, and book their place in the quarter-finals.
Monday, 23 January
Senegal 2-2 Algeria
FC Schalke 04 midfielder Nabil Bentaleb played the full 90 minutes against Group B winners Senegal, but Algeria were unable to get the win they needed to be in with a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.
Sunday, 22 January
Cameroon 0-0 Gabon
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon side crashed out of the tournament after they were held to a goalless draw by Cameroon, who qualified for the knockout rounds in second place in Group A. The group was won by Burkina Faso, who ran out 2-0 winners against Guinea-Bissau.
Saturday, 21 January
Ghana 1-0 Mali
Bernard Tekpetey (FC Schalke 04) was an unused substitute as Ghana made it two wins from two in Group D with a hard-fought victory over Mali.
Friday, 20 January
Cote d'Ivoire 2-2 DR Congo
FC Ingolstadt 04 defender Marcel Tisserand played the full 90 minutes as DR Congo twice surrendered the lead to draw with Cote d'Ivoire.
Salomon Kalou entered the fray in the 76th minute - nine minutes after Cote d'Ivoire's second leveller - but the Hertha Berlin striker was unable to help the Elephants snatch all three points.
Thursday, 19 January
Algeria 1-2 Tunisia
Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb played from start to finish for Algeria in Franceville but was unable to prevent his side losing 2-1.
The result, combined with Senegal's 2-0 triumph over Zimbabwe, leaves Algeria bottom of Group B with one point from their first two games.
Wednesday, 18 January
Gabon 1-1 Burkina Faso
Borussia Dortmund ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his second goal of the tournament to help secure a second successive 1-1 draw for Gabon. The 27-year-old coolly slotted home a penalty in the 38th minute after being fouled in the box by the goalkeeper.
Tuesday, 17 January
Ghana 1-0 Uganda
FC Schalke 04 defender Abdul Rahman Baba was on the winning side in Port-Gentil as Ghana moved top of Group D with a hard-fought victory over Uganda. The only sour note was Baba's injury-enforced substitution after just 39 minutes.
Mali 0-0 Egypt
SV Werder Bremen midfielder Sambou Yatabare started for Mali against 2010 continental champions Egypt, but was substituted off in the 65th minute of a goalless draw in Group D.
Monday, 16 January
DR Congo 1-0 Morocco
Marcel Tisserand and DR Congo moved top of Group C in the Africa Cup of Nations after picking up a 1-0 win in their opening game against Morocco.
Ivory Coast 0-0 Togo
Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou featured for the full 90 minutes as the Ivory Coast were held to a goalless draw in their Africa Cup of Nations opener.
Sunday, 15 January
Algeria 2-2 Zimbabwe
Saturday, 14 January
Gabon 1-1 Guinea-Bissau
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