Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang made his Gabon debut in 2009 as a teenager

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations game against Ghana on Friday after scans revealed ‘heart lesions’ following a bout of Covid.

However, it is understood Arsenal’s doctors have spoken to Gabon’s medics who have said the situation is not serious and he is feeling well.

Aubameyang tested positive on arrival in Cameroon last week.

He had a scan as a precautionary measure before being allowed to return.

Ex-Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, now at Nice, and forward Axel Meye have been ruled out for the same reason.

The Gabon Football Federation suggested that all three absences were precautionary, posting on Twitterexternal-link that the tournament organisers “did not want to take the risk” after discovering the result of the scans.

Aubameyang missed Gabon’s Afcon opener, in which they beat Comoros 1-0 on Monday.

Victory against Ghana would assure them of an automatic qualifying spot for the knockout stages, alongside Group C leaders Morocco.

Aubameyang, who also tested positive for Covid in August 2021 while on Arsenal duty,external-link was dropped and stripped of the club captaincy last month for disciplinary reasons.

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