Big Sam has once again called for Bolton to be given special treatment after his side’s match against Birmingham was postponed due to weather conditions.
“We don’t see much of a break between now and February to try and fit this game in perhaps,” Allardyce told Sky Sports.
“If we stay in the Carling Cup and move on there and the FA Cup comes around, and we qualify for the last 32 of the Uefa cup then it’s going to be very difficult for us to fit it in.
“Let’s hope that’s the problem we’ve got come February.
“If the Premier League wants to try and fit this game in while the African Nations Cup is on it’s impossible for me, I’ll lose five players.
“It’s impossible for me to consider that.
“If that’s the case it shouldn’t be allowed to be but there you go we will have to wait and see.
“The consideration to call Premiership games off and there should be a consideration as far as I’m concerned with five players away.
“It’s difficult as it is but with the African Nations coming up it’s even more difficult for us.”
It may be beating a dead horse, but plenty of clubs – past and present – have lost key players due to the African Nations Cup. Allardyce knew the implications of signing so many African players and he should have the dignity and balls to stand by his actions. Whining about it does neither his cause nor his reputation any good.