Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of Gabon’s squad due to “heart problems”


Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of Gabon’s squad to face Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday after scans revealed a heart problem.

Aubameyang had tested positive for Covid-19 before the tournament started and therefore had to undergo routine checks before returning to action.

The nice midfielder Mario Lemina and the Tanger striker Axel Meye also returned positive tests recently and similarly underwent tests performed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), but the trio has been ignored because the results concluded that it would be unsafe for them to return to handling.

The Gabonese Football Association said in a statement: “According to CAF’s medical commission, players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meyé and Mario Lemina can barely participate in this match from Covid. The investigations would show heart problems. CAF did not want to take any risks.”

Gabon started their AFCON campaign on Monday with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Comoros, with Aaron Salem Boupendza scoring the only goal of the match.

Aubameyang was last in contention at the end of Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Everton in early December, making a five-minute comeo from the bench.

Mikel Arteta then removed the Gabon striker captain’s armband and released him from the first team squad due to a disciplinary offense.

Since he was left out of the Arsenal squad, Aubameyang’s former attacking partner Alexandre Lacazette has been captain of the Gunners and has re-emerged as a fan favorite.

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