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Andre Onana could be banned from playing for Manchester United even if he rejects the chance to play for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The goalkeeper is expected to be called up to the Cameroon squad for the AFCON in the Ivory Coast between January 13 and February 11 next year.
However, Onana is nervous about losing his place at United to Turkish understudy Altay Bayindir while he's away and may try and swerve the tournament.
His latest horror show came as United threw away a winning position to draw 3-3 with Galatasaray in a crucial Champions League game on Wednesday night, with the keeper at fault to some extent for all three goals.
Andre Onana had a nightmare evening as Manchester United drew 3-3 with Galatasaray to leave their Champions League hopes dangling by a thread
Onana conceded two soft Hakim Ziyech free-kicks in the latest of a series of high-profile errors
He could be taken out of the firing line and replaced by back-up keeper Altay Bayindir (right)
The pressure is mounting on Erik ten Hag because Onana is a goalkeeper he pushed to sign
But if Cameroon select him for their squad, Onana could be prohibited under FIFA rules from playing for United anyway during the AFCON.
As reported by The Sun, FIFA's regulations state: 'A player who has been called up by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed by the relevant association, not entitled to play for the club with which he is registered during the period for which he has been released or should have been released… plus an additional period of five days.'
It means Cameroon would have to give United and Onana dispensation to play if he declined to go to the tournament having been called up.
Given the 27-year-old, who cost United £47million to sign from Inter Milan in the summer, has re-established himself as Cameroon's No 1, it's likely they will want him for the showpiece African tournament.
Cameroon have been drawn in Group C alongside Senegal, Guinea and Gambia. Their opening fixture is against Guinea in Yamoussoukro on January 15.
Onana fell out with coach Rigobert Song at last year's World Cup in Qatar and was sent home from the tournament. He duly announced his international retirement in December.