CAF has released a 30-man shortlist for the 2019 African Player of the Year award, with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane included.
Bernardo Silva sat out with "little muscular problems" at West Ham, but Manchester City called on Riyad Mahrez after his early return.
Pep Guardiola explained Riyad Mahrez had been tested after missing the Community Shield triumph to avoid the risk of failing a doping test.
Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi lauded his players and claimed they deserved their Africa Cup of Nations success after a narrow final win.
On the back foot for the majority of the final, Algeria defended their early lead to claim the Africa Cup of Nations title against Senegal.
Senegal and Algeria will contest the AFCON final, but pre-match focus is on the long friendship of coaches Djamel Belmadi and Aliou Cisse.
Match-winner Riyad Mahrez revelled in Algeria's progress to the AFCON decider following a dramatic semi-final.
Senegal will play Algeria in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations final after Riyad Mahrez scored a free-kick in the 95th minute.
Having not reached an AFCON final since winning as hosts in 1990, coach Djamel Belmadi is desperate for Algeria to "write history".
Nigeria face Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Sunday and the Super Eagles players stand to win huge goal bonuses.