Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of the Gabon squad to face Ghana on Friday after scan results showed a suspected heart problem.
The extensive examinations were carried out by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Aubameyang’s teammates Axel Meyé and Mario Lemina was also removed from the group for the same reason.
Aubameyang tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after arriving in Cameroon for the tournament last week, but had recently returned to training and was expected to be involved in Friday night’s game.
A statement from the Gabon Football Federation said: “According to the CAF medical commission, the players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meyé and Mario Lemina barely out of the Covid cannot take part in this match. The examinations would show heart problems. CAF did not want to take any risks.”
Aubameyang posted a crying emoji on Instagram following the statement, in which he expressed words of encouragement for his teammates.
football.london understands that Arsenal have since spoken with Gabon’s medical staff and are confident that the striker is in a good condition after he trained two consecutive days prior to the game.
It’s been a difficult few months for the 32-year-old after he was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following a recent disciplinary breach.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker hasn’t played for the club since the 2-1 defeat to Everton in early December.
Gabon’s final game of the group stage is against Morocco on Tuesday, January 18.