GABON are playing in AFCON as the final group stage clashes continue.
However, Gabon star man and Arsenal ex-captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be playing no part for the rest of the competition, and will be returning to the Gunners.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left AFCON
Why is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not playing for Gabon?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will fly home early from the Africa Cup of Nations due to his current health issues, Gabon confirmed.
Aubameyang is said to have felt fine, although talks between Arsenal and the Gabonese football federation over what’s best for the player took place.
Gabon have now confirmed Aubameyang will return England this week after a review of his condition.
Arsenal’s doctors were NOT believed to have been concerned with Aubameyang’s health, but the player has been sent home regardless.
Aubameyang is reportedly one of three Gabon players to be diagnosed with heart lesions last week.
Former Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina and Axel Meye were also said to have lesions on their hearts after catching Covid.
Aubameyang and Lemina were snapped enjoying a night out in Dubai ahead of the rescheduled tournament.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tested positive for Covid on his arrival to the Africa Cup of NationsCredit: Snapchat / @walter_sk
The pair missed Gabon’s opening group matches against Comoros, having to sit out in isolation.
Gabon coach Patrice Neveu has refuted his own federation’s claims that the pair are dealing with cardiac issues, telling ESPN: “In the readings, it’s clear that Aubameyang has no cardiac problems
“He [and Lemina] passed PCR tests and they were negative.
“They then did the second lot of exams, cardiac tests, and it seemed as though the pair of them had problems.
“It appears as though the virus has left residue, it’s possible that the illness has left an impact, and two hours before the match, the team doctor and the doctor of CAF were on a phone call with me, and they told me not to play them.”
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