Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of Gabon's team to face Ghana due to a minor heart condition; striker has recovered from coronavirus and trained this week; Arsenal satisfied his condition is not serious; club are in touch with forward, who is feeling okay
Saturday 15 January 2022 08:04, UK
Arsenal have been in touch with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are confident his condition is not serious after a heart issue ruled him out of Gabon's draw against Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) "did not want to take any risks" after Aubameyang, along with team-mates Mario Lemina and Axel Meye, were shown to have "cardiac lesions" following bouts of Covid-19.
Aubameyang tested positive for coronavirus on his arrival in Cameroon for the tournament last week, but he returned a negative test this week and trained on Thursday.
Gabonese officials will now continue to check Aubameyang's health over the next few days, but it is unclear at this stage whether he will be able to play in Gabon's final group game against Morocco on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports.
Arsenal are understood to be satisfied that Aubameyang's condition is not serious.
They have also been in touch with the player, who is feeling okay and has trained for the last two days.
Aubameyang is yet to appear for Gabon at this year's AFCON.
Sky Sports News' AFCON reporter Usher Komugisha from the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon:
"Gabon fans are worried about the future of their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
"Gabon coach Patrice Neveu says they'll continue to do tests on him and monitor his situation.
"A member of the Gabon team management also said they're in touch with Arsenal to check his progress as the days go by.
"It's unclear whether he will be available for their last group game against Morocco."
Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations campaign is in peril after the four-time champions conceded a late equaliser against Gabon to draw their Group C match 1-1.
Ghana's captain Andre Ayew blasted home a superb left-foot shot for an 18th-minute lead but Jim Allevinah levelled with two minutes left to rescue a draw for Gabon.
A feisty encounter ended in scuffles and a red card for Ghana's Benjamin Tetteh for his part in the post-match brawl.
The draw leaves Ghana with one point from two Group C matches and in danger of elimination if they do not win their last game against Comoros on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Gabon are second in the group on four points and need just a point from their final match against table-toppers Morocco on Tuesday to qualify for the last 16.
The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in January and February.
The tournament, originally scheduled to be played in June and July 2021, will be played in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports showing all 52 games live.