Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence from Arsenal starting line-up recently has been explained with a social media post showing him in hospital, suffering from malaria.
The Gunners’ captain was left out of the starting line-up against Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-final first leg last week, which raised some eyebrows before his name was entirely absent from the squad list at the weekend in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
Mikel Arteta explained Aubameyang’s absence that he has being through illness, though he had suggested the 31-year-old might return for the second leg in Prague on Thursday.
However, Aubameyang took to Instagram with a message to supporters, explaining that he had been diagnosed with malaria after playing on international duty.
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”
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