Gabon has Aubameyang despite his post-Covid heart problems

Gabon hopes that its captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, can play this Tuesday in his last match of the group stage of the African Cup of Nations (against Morocco) after being diagnosed, like Mario Lemina, with heart injuries in a post-Covid medical examination , as a consequence of the coronavirus.

Due to these heart problems, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) prevented Aubameyang and Lemina from playing on Friday against Ghana (1-1) in Yaoundé. The Arsenal striker and the Nice midfielder had already missed the Matchday 1 match, against the Comoros, after testing positive upon arrival in Cameroon, so they remained in quarantine along with teammate Mario Lemina.

Aubameyang and Lemina returned to the team after almost a week in isolation and trained on the eve of the match against Ghana, but the CAF and the team doctor advised them not to play.

However, Patrice Neveu is confident that he will be able to field both of them against Morocco «because there are four days left and we need them, they have no heart problems, it is a residue of Covid.»

Although Gabon may not finish in the top two of Group C, 4 points from the first 2 games may be enough for them to pass as one of the best third parties. They beat Comoros (0-1) and drew against Ghana, making them second, 2 points behind Morocco, already in the round of 16, like Cameroon.