Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations match against Ghana on Friday night due to cardiac abnormalities discovered after a series of examinations.
Aubameyang has just recovered from COVID-19 infection following a positive test last week upon his arrival in Cameroon.
Arsenal’s medics have allegedly communicated with Gabon’s medical staff, and the issue is not considered to be serious, with the striker reporting good health.
Axel Meye and Mario Lemina, his teammates, were also diagnosed with the same condition and were left out of the squad, however the Gabonese Football Federation indicated that the three players were kept out as a precaution.
“Medical investigations revealed heart problems, and the CAF did not wish to take any chances,” the Gabonese Football Federation announced on Twitter.
Patrice Neveu, Gabon’s head coach, brushed down concerns about the scan findings, stating that they were only a “little issue” and that he chose not to play the trio in order to avoid taking additional risks with their health.
Gabon need just a point from Tuesday’s last group encounter against group leaders Morocco to qualify for the competition’s knockout stages, but it is still unknown whether Aubameyang, Meye, and Lemina will be available.