Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has explained why he left the Gabon squad at the ongoing AFCON 2021.
Gatekeepers News reports that Aubameyang has debunked “false rumours” that he left the Gabon squad due to indiscipline ahead of his expected return to English club, Arsenal.
The 32-year-old is set to travel back to the Emirates for medical examinations after he was diagnosed with heart lesions following a positive test for COVID-19 but has returned to training since and felt healthy.
However, Arsenal are still waiting for confirmation from the Gabon Football Federation.
Aubameyang, while clarifying the rumour tweeted: “We have some problems that are hard to resolve by themselves, then rumours get thrown into the mix.
“We have to look after our health first and foremost. I’m not going to talk about the false rumours and I truly hope our team goes as far as possible.”
Last week, the Gunners disclosed that they had been in touch with Aubameyang and are confident his condition is not serious.
Meanwhile, the Gabonese forward did not feature in either of his nation’s first two group games at the AFCON.
Although the forward tested positive for COVID-19 on his arrival in Cameroon for the tournament, he returned a negative test last week before training on Thursday.
Gabon manager Patrice Neveu has said: “As you know, he’s a key player for Arsenal, although he’s going through a tough period at the moment.
“We still have to report to clubs. And when a player’s health is affected and as you know, they are paid by the club, we have to be reasonable at some point.”