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Will Aubameyang be able to play for Gabon in AFCON at all?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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 The Arsenal attacker has missed the  Panthers’ opening two AFCON fixtures after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations fate could be decided on Monday after further talks and tests.

Upon arrival in Cameroon for the tournament, Aubameyang returned a positive result for coronavirus. He has since missed  both of Gabon’s opening two Group C games.

The 32-year-old,  alongside Gabon teammates Mario Lemina and Axel Meye, reported back to training last week. Results from further tests, however, ruled the trio out of  Friday’s 1-1 draw with Ghana.

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 The Gabonese Football Federation claimed the  test results revealed ‘cardiac lesions’, although  Gabon manager Patrice Neveu later said they showed  traces of COVID-19 instead.

Aubameyang could fly back to London this week

Now a new report from The Athletic suggests Aubameyang’s plight is far from over. The publication has claimed the Arsenal forward could return to the UK this week. No decision has been made yet, but that could change later on Monday.

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Gabon plan to hold further discussions and tests. The team’s staff expect the outcome to provide more clarity on Aubameyang’s condition. They will also determine his availability for Tuesday’s Group C finale against table-toppers Morocco – a game that could decide whether the team’s last-16 fate.

Anyhow, Arsenal’s medical staff are not alarmed by the situation and remain in contact with Aubameyang and Gabon.