Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations match due to “cardiac injury”

The exiled Arsenal captain did not play a minute of football for Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations after contracting Covid-19 on the cusp of the tournament’s start

Aubameyang was excluded from Gabon’s second Africa Cup of Nations match

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been ruled out of Gabon’s second Africa Cup of Nations match due to ‘heart lesions’ while recovering from Covid-19.

The former Arsenal captain did not play a minute for his country in the tournament in Cameroon after contracting Covid just before the start of the competition while celebrating in Dubai.

The 32-year-old was spotted in a bar with international teammate Mario Lemina, formerly from Bournemouth and now plying his career with OGC Nice in Ligue 1.

According to a tweet from the Gabonese Football Association, both Aubameyang and Limina underwent pre-match health checks ahead of Friday night’s group stage match against Ghana.







Aubameyang was excluded from Gabon’s second Africa Cup of Nations match due to ‘cardiac injury’
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The couple recently finished their isolation period after contracting the virus and are said to be still far from full fitness after the disease took its toll.

The above tweet claims that the tests performed on both players were not in a suitable remote condition to participate in the match.

It is believed that the tests detected cardiac lesions in the pair, which in turn meant that the coaching staff in Gabon did not want to risk the player’s health.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal have been in contact with the Gabonese medical team and are satisfied that all is well with their striker.

Aubameyang has been remarkably quiet on social media since he was removed from the first picture of Arsenal’s squad following his latest disciplinary breach.

However, the 32-year-old released a subtle update to his followers just before the match against Ghana when he uploaded a sad face emoji to his Instagram story along with the caption ‘Come on guys’.

It remains unclear how long Aubameyang can remain on the sidelines given the recent nature of his tests, but there could also be doubts about his appearance in Gabon’s upcoming match against Morocco on Tuesday.

Arsenal will undoubtedly want to run their own checks on the striker when he returns to the club’s training base in London Colney after the tournament is over.







Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t played a minute for Gabon so far this tournament
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Friday night’s game at Ahmadu Ahidjo Stadium was meant to take the two Arsenal stars off opposing teams as Aubameyang would line up against fellow Arsenal teammate Thomas Partey.

Gabon won its opening match of the tournament earlier this week when it ousted Comoros thanks to Aaron Pobindza’s 16th minute goal.

Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from Arsenal in recent weeks, as the former Borussia Dortmund man has caught the eye of Italian giants Juventus and Barcelona.

National team president Patrice Neveu is expected to give an update on Aubameyang and Limina’s condition after the match.

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