Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses Gabon’s AFCON clash with Ghana after medical staff noted ‘heart lesions’ after the Arsenal striker ended his coronavirus recovery
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was missing in the selection of Gabon on Friday evening
- The Panthers take on Ghana in their second draw at the Africa Cup of Nations
- But Aubameyang was not named in the team despite recovering from Covid
- The Arsenal striker missed Gabon’s victory over the Comoros but was training this week
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of Gabon’s match roster for their second Africa Cup of Nations group stage match with Ghana after discovering he had ‘heart lesions’ after recovering from the coronavirus.
The Arsenal attacker missed his country’s win over the Comoros on Monday after testing positive for Covid-19 – and as he returned to training earlier this week, medical staff noticed he and two players had heart problems after they contracted the virus. had incurred.
The Gabon FA revealed in a statement that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) “didn’t want to take any chances” with Aubameyang’s condition, with his team-mates Mario Lemina and Axel Meye also missing the game in Ghana for the same reason.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of Gabon’s roster for their AFCON clash with Ghana
Medical staff noted that Aubameyang and two others had ‘heart lesions’ after getting Covid
A statement from the FA of Gabon read: “Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye and Mario Lemina are narrowly out of Covid isolation and cannot participate in this match.
‘The (medical) examinations showed heart defects. The CAF didn’t want to take any chances.’
The striker is a key figure for Gabon, who has scored 29 goals for his country in 71 caps, including three in six games in 2021.
Aubameyang was set to take on his Gunners team-mate in Ghana’s Thomas Partey on Friday night, but now only the 28-year-old midfielder will line up in Cameroon for the game.
Gabon chose Qatari striker Aaron Boupendza and Saint-Etienne forward Denis Bouanga as their attacking options for the game in Ghana, with no sign of Aubameyang on the ten-man bench.
Gabon took on Ghana on Friday night looking for the AFCON knockout stage with a win
Gabon knows that their win over Ghana will see them advance to the knockout rounds of the tournament, while the Black Stars are scrambling to get out of the tournament after losing their opening Group C match against Morocco this week.
But the Panthers, who captain Aubameyang, will have to do without coach Patrice Neveu, who tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Friday’s game. Defender Lloyd Palun and striker Kevin Mayi have also been eliminated after positive tests, the Gabon federation said.
The exact source of the outbreak in the camp in Gabon remains unclear, but images emerged on social media of players socializing in their pre-tournament camp in Dubai before the Arsenal striker tested positive.
Aubameyang was filmed at a party with Gabon team-mate Lemina, formerly of Fulham and Southampton and now with Ligue 1 club Nice.
Aubameyang was filmed last week at a party in Dubai with teammate Mario Lemina from Gabon
Aubameyang said he was feeling fine after a week of isolation in his room and posted two photos of him in training on his Instagram account.
‘I got the chance to work in my room after all. I bought a bike and made a circuit to stay in shape as much as possible,” he told the Facebook page of his country’s federation.
“It won’t be easy, because it’s not the same as race rhythm or good training, but we’ll get it done.
“We are going to play against a very difficult opponent who has to win the game, so we will have to be as serious as we were in the first game. I know we’ll get our chances.’