Arsenal & Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out with potential heart concern after recovering from Covid-19

14 January 2022 0 By Total Football News

Aubameyang misses Ghana clash due to health concerns

Arsenal star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed out on participation in Gabon’s crucial AFCON clash with Ghana at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé, after scans showed suspected heart problems.

First reported by the official Twitter account of the Gabonese Football Federation,’s chief Arsenal reporter Chris Wheatley confirmed such claims not long after, as Gabon made the decision to sit Aubameyang out entirely and take no risks after the shock finding.

The Gabon star had recently recovered from a positive Covid-19 test in the wake of pre-tournament preparations that took place in Dubai, and is suspected to have contracted the virus after a farewell party in the run-up to the opening of the AFCON.

Aubameyang is not the only Gabon player to be affected by the diagnosis either, with OGC Nice midfielder Mario Lemina and Ittihad Tanger forward Axel Meyé also said to have shown the same concerns in their scans.

Gabon with a chance to seal a knockout place

Despite the absence of Aubameyang, Lemina, and Meyé, Gabon got their AFCON campaign off to the right start when they dispatched Comoros in a 1-0 win in the Cameroonian capital four days ago.

Concern for Aubameyang as Gabon statement explains absence vs Ghana

Gabon’s forward Aaron Boupendza (R) celebrates with Gabon’s forward Denis Bouanga (L) after scoring his team’s first goal during the Group C Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Comoros and Gabon at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on January 10, 2022. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Al-Arabi striker Aaron Boupendza found the game’s only goal in the 16th-minute for his fifth strike in service of his country.

At the time of writing, Gabon is currently 1-0 down to Ghana courtesy of an André Ayew effort but Patrice Neveu’s Panthères have carved out twice the number of chances that the Black Stars have managed to muster thus far.

Three points would secure Gabon a guaranteed spot in the knockout stages, and a share of the spoils would still see them sitting on four points and in the driver’s seat for second. Should they fall to one of the continent’s perennial contenders, Gabon would have to negotiate group leaders Morocco (2-0-0) in the final day of group play if they are to have a chance of reaching the next round.

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