Aubameyang set for Arsenal return from AFCON

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to Arsenal for medical tests after cardiac lesions were found in tests conducted in Cameroon after he was positive for COVID-19, the Gabonese Football Federation (FEGAFOOT) said. Aubameyang and Gabon teammate Mario Lemina, who plays for Nice, are being sent back from the Africa Cup of Nations to their respective clubs in an effort to clear up concerns.

The pair had been released from quarantine last week but were then stopped from playing in Friday’s game against Ghana after doctors said the cardiac lesions were detected in post-COVID medical examinations.

They also did not train on Sunday and Monday as they awaited results of further examinations but FEGAFOOT has now said they will go back to Europe for further examination.

A statement on Monday read: “The Gabonese Football Federation have decided to put the players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina back at the disposition of their clubs in order for them to follow more in-depth exams.”

Gabon coach Patrice Neveu told media: “Seeing the medical worries that Pierre-Emerick and Mario have encountered, we’ve taken the decision with the doctors and the federation to allow them to go back to their clubs.”