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John Cross and Josh O’Brien — The Daily Mirror Jan 14, 2022

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been ruled out of Gabon’s second Africa Cup of Nations fixture with “cardiac lesions” while recovering from Covid-19.

The former Arsenal captain is yet to play a minute for his national side at the tournament in Cameroon after contracting Covid just before the competition started while partying in Dubai.

The 32-year-old was spotted in a bar with international teammate Mario Lemina, formerly of Bournemouth and now plying his trade for OGC Nice in Ligue 1.

Gabon’s football federation stated both Aubameyang and Lemina were subjected to pre-match health checks before Friday night’s group stage game against Ghana

The pair have only recently ended their isolation period after contracting the virus and are reportedly still some way from full fitness after the disease took its toll.

The tests on both players determined neither were in a remotely fit state to take part in the fixture.

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