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Aubameyang cuts AFCON short and returns to Arsenal amid health issues

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Dan Burke

Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being allowed to leave the Africa Cup of Nations and return to Arsenal due to the ongoing health problems he is suffering with.

Aubemeyang tested positive for Covid-19 on 6 January and is yet to feature for his country at the tournament.

The 32-year-old was due to play against Ghana this week, but his comeback was blocked on medical grounds.

And now Gabon coach Patrice Neveu has confirmed the striker will be returning to his club.

“Since yesterday, the decision was taken to send them home to their club,” Neveu told Goal referring to Aubameyang and team-mate Mario Lemina.

“We can’t judge it here [in Cameroon], we can’t assess the pathology of Covid here.

“It’s important that Mario returns to Nice and Pierre returns to Arsenal. It’s a decision that we’ve taken among ourselves.”

The Gabon Football Federation then followed up with a statement confirming that the players are being released from international duty.

“The Gabonese Football Federation has 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,” read the statement.

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