Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ruled out of Gabon’s AFCON clash due to “cardiac lesions”

Arsenal’s exiled captain is yet to 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 has been ruled out of Gabon’s second AFCON clash (Image: AFP/Getty Images)ByJosh O’BrienSports Writer

  • 19:01, 14 Jan 2022
  • Updated19:11, 14 Jan 2022
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been ruled out of Gabon's second Africa Cup of Nations fixture with a heart-related scare while recovering from Covid-19.


The former Arsenal captain is yet to play a minute for his national side at the tournament in Cameroon after contracting Covid just before the competition started while partying in Dubai.

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

According to a tweet from Gabon's football federation, both Aubameyang and Lemina were subjected to pre-match health checks before Friday night's group stage game against Ghana.

Aubameyang has been ruled out of Gabon's second AFCON clash with "cardiac lesions"

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The pair have only recently ended their isolation period after contracting the virus and are reportedly still some way from full fitness after the disease took its toll.

The aforementioned tweet claims that the tests on both players determined neither were in a remotely fit state to take part in the fixture.

The examinations are thought to have discovered cardiac lesions in the pair, which in turn meant that the Gabon coaching staff did not want to risk either of the player's health.

This in an unwelcome update for Arsenal, who will undoubtedly harbour huge concern over their former skipper's health status regardless of potential tension between Aubameyang and manager Mikel Arteta.

Aubameyang has been notably quiet on social media since he was cast aside from Arsenal's first team picture following his latest disciplinary breach.

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