The 24-year-old Forest man linked up with DR Congo before the African Cup of Nations, but is yet to make an appearance for them.
Crystal Palace supporters were also thrilled to see Ivory Coast exit the African Cup of Nations.
With Villa looking to build on a positive run of form, the tournament could hardly be worse timed.
The Magpies look well placed to deal with a few departures but the tournament will still stretch Benitez's squad.
You would have got long odds on Doukara being one of Leeds' most important players this season.
West Ham United are enduring a torrid season and will have to make do without three key players for nearly a month in January.
Zouma needs minutes to help his form improve alongside his fitness.
Five players, including new signings Achraf Lazaar, Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu will be unavailable for up to five Championship matches.
The Senegalese attacker is back at the club after his nation were dumped out of the African Cup of Nations.
The Hamburg forward sealed the 1-0 friendly win over Nigeria for his nation, with Cheick Tiote with the assist.
West Ham United midfielder Alex Song is set to tell the club that he will play at the African Cup of Nations.
Manchester United have one big problem to face in their chase of Trabzonspor striker Abdul Majeed Waris.
Nigeria supporters blamed Celtic defender Efe Ambrose as they failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.