A few eyebrows were raised when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ruled out of our trip to Sheffield United with what the fitness bulletin detailed as “flu”.
It turns out the player contracted malaria while on international duty with Gabon and is currently recovering in hospital.
Revealing the diagnosis on his social media channels, Aubameyang wrote:
Hey guys, thanks for all the messages and calls. Unfortunately I contracted Malaria whilst being on national team duty in Gabon a few weeks ago. 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 weeks but will be back stronger than ever soon! 🙏🏾 Will be watching my boys now, huge game for us!Let‘s go and get it @arsenal 💪🏾💪🏾
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According to the NHS, symptoms of malaria can develop as quickly as seven days after being bitten by an infection mosquito. Symptoms include, a high temperature, headaches, vomiting, muscle pains and diarrhoea.
He’s not the first Arsenal player to pick up the disease. Kolo Toure picked up the potentially fatal disease in 2008 and was ruled out for quite some time.
We wish the captain all the best with his recovery.