Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not play for Gabon in their African Cup of Nations qualifier with Mali on Saturday.
It’s understood that the player excused himself from the upcoming game via a doctor’s note sent to the country’s football federation.
The nature of his malady remains unclear, but we’re hoping it’s something he can get over from the comfort of his London abode before the Gunners return to action against Bournemouth in 11 days time.
Aubameyang’s absence was first reported on Twitter by a journalist for RFI Radio Foot who was somewhat vague on the reasoning. It earned him a stinging rebuke from the Arsenal man, who was eager to point out it was for medical reasons.
“It’s weird that the football federation immediately publishes that a player cannot come [for national duty] for other reasons after they received an email from my doctor but still has not posted on it for more than 24 hours,” Aubameyang wrote on social media.
“You say that Aubameyang declined as if I had refused to come for another reason.”
C’est bizarre quand même, peut importe la fédération de football, elle publie de suite qu’un joueur ne peut pas venir pour tel raison alors que là, la Notre a bien reçu un mail de mon docteur mais n’a toujours pas communiqué dessus depuis plus de 24h.
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) November 13, 2018
It’s not the first time Auba has sat out an Interlull and, with apologies to the footy fans of Gabon, we’re hoping it won’t be the last. With Danny Welbeck likely to be out for some time, we’re quite short on attackers and would rather he keep himself fresh for those who are paying his wages.
Gabon are currently second in Group C, one point behind Mali. The tournament proper will be played in Cameroon next summer; the first time it’ll be played in line with Europe’s football calendar.