Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was disregarded of Gabon’s matchday squad for his or her second Africa Cup of Nations group recreation with Ghana after discovering he had ‘coronary heart lesions’ after recovering from coronavirus.
The Arsenal ahead missed his nation’s win over Comoros on Monday after testing optimistic for Covid-19 – and whereas he returned to coaching earlier this week, medical workers observed that he and two gamers had minor coronary heart points after their recoveries.
The Gabon FA revealed in a press release that the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) ‘didn’t wish to take dangers’ with Aubameyang’s health, together with his team-mates Mario Lemina and Axel Meye additionally lacking the Ghana match for a similar motive.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was disregarded of Gabon’s squad for his or her AFCON conflict with Ghana
Medical workers observed that Aubameyang and two others had ‘coronary heart lesions’ after getting Covid
A Gabon FA assertion learn: ‘Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meyé and Mario Lemina are barely out of Covid isolation and can’t participate on this match.
‘The (medical) examinations confirmed cardiac lesions. The CAF didn’t wish to take any dangers.’
The striker is a key determine for Gabon having rating 29 objectives in 71 caps for his nation, together with three in six matches throughout 2021.
Aubameyang was anticipated to face his Gunners team-mate in Ghana’s Thomas Partey on Friday evening, however now solely the 28-year-old midfielder will line up in Cameroon for the competition.
Gabon picked Qatar-based striker Aaron Boupendza and Saint-Etienne ahead Denis Bouanga as their attacking choices for the Ghana match, with no signal of Aubameyang on the ten-man substitutes’ bench.
Gabon took on Ghana on Friday evening seeking to attain the AFCON knockout levels with a win
Gabon know that victory over Ghana will take them by to the knockout rounds of the match, whereas the Black Stars want to get off the mark for the match having misplaced their opening Group C encounter to Morocco this week.
However the Panthers, who Aubameyang captains, should do with out coach Patrice Neveu, who has examined optimistic for coronavirus within the build-up to Friday’s recreation. Defender Lloyd Palun and striker Kevin Mayi are additionally out after returning optimistic assessments, the Gabon federation stated.
The precise supply of the outbreak throughout the Gabon camp stays unclear however social media footage emerged of gamers socialising at their pre-tournament camp in Dubai earlier than the Arsenal striker examined optimistic.
Aubameyang was filmed out partying with Gabon team-mate Lemina, previously of Fulham and Southampton and now at Ligue 1 membership Good.
Aubameyang was filmed partying in Dubai with Gabon team-mate Mario Lemina final week
Aubameyang stated he was feeling positive after every week of isolation in his room and posted two photos of him in coaching to his Instagram account.
‘I bought the chance to nonetheless be capable to work in my room. I bought a motorcycle and made a circuit, attempting to maintain in form as a lot as potential,’ he instructed his nation’s federation Fb web page.
‘It is not going to be simple, as a result of it is not the identical as match rhythm or correct coaching however we’ll get it performed.
‘We’ll play a really tough opponent who must win the sport, so we’ll should be severe like we have been within the first recreation. I do know we’ll have our probabilities.’
Source: Day by day Mail