Arsenal's Aubameyang contracted malaria while on AFCON duty

Arsenal's Aubameyang contracted malaria while on AFCON duty
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right)

by Bertin Basson

Friday Apr 16, 2021. 14:15

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he contracted malaria while on international duty with Gabon last month.

Aubameyang, who found the back of the net in Gabon’s 3-0 win over Democratic Republic of Congo in Franceville last month, said that he is feeling much better having spent time in hospital this week.

Victory secured the Panthers a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations set to be hosted in Cameroon next year.

“Unfortunately, I contracted malaria whilst being on national team duty in Gabon a few weeks ago,” Aubameyang wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“I’ve spent a few days in hospital this week but I’m already feeling much better every day, thanks to the great doctors that detected and treated the virus so quickly.

“I wasn’t really feeling myself the last couple of weeks but will be back stronger than ever soon,” he added.

As a result, the 31-year-old missed Arsenal’s Europa League win over Slavia Prague. The Gunners thumped their hosts 4-0 to book a spot in the semi-finals of this season’s competition with a 5-1 aggregate win.

Aubameyang has scored 14 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions this season.

Arsenal return to action at home to Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

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