Foxes boss expects to lose Abe

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International midfielder Yuke Abe is likely to miss Leicester's start to the new year due to Japan`s involvement in the Asian Cup.

The tournament is being held in Qatar between January 7-29. The Foxes play Manchester City in the FA Cup and have Championship fixtures against Hull, Swansea, Preston and Millwall during the month.

"I will be very surprised if he is not selected for the national team. We will lose him, almost for sure," City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson told the Leicester Mercury.

"It has happened to me as a manager in the past with African players and we just have to deal with it, it is out of our hands."

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