Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s preparations for Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign have been halted after he returned a positive COVID test.
The Arsenal striker flew to Cameroon for the next finals early after falling out with boss Mikel Arteta in the Emirates.
The 32-year-old lost his status as Arsenal captain in December and has been linked with a move away from north London.
But Aubameyang has shown he still has a lot of love for Arsenal while on international duty as he is pictured in a Gunners jersey in Gabon.
As the forward faced his latest setback from Covid, fans are hoping he can rediscover his form at CAN.
Aubameyang might even have the chance to start from scratch when he returns to the Premier League, but when will it be? talkSPORT.com has all the details …
When can Aubameyang play for Gabon?
The former Borussia Dortmund striker tested positive for Covid upon arriving in Cameroon alongside ex-Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina.
Aubameyang was already absent for Gabon’s opener against Comoros, but Patrice Neveu’s side managed to secure a 1-0 victory nonetheless.
He will also miss the opportunity to face Arsenal teammate Thomas Partey in his country’s second group stage game against Ghana.
However, Aubameyang is expected to be back in action for Gabon’s final game against Morocco on Tuesday, January 18.
How many games will Aubameyang miss for Arsenal?
Aubameyang has missed seven straight games for the Gunners in all competitions after being stripped of the armband last month.
Assuming Arteta is ready to reinstate his former star man in his post-CAN plans, then Aubameyang could be out for another five games.
The Gabonese captain will definitely miss both rounds of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool and the North London derby against Tottenham.
Even if his country is eliminated in the group stage, Aubameyang is unlikely to be rushed to face Burnley on Sunday 23 January.
The Premier League’s winter break cuts down on the number of other club games he will miss, but a clash with Wolves four days after the CAN final on February 6 could come too soon if Gabon goes through with it of the tournament.
As many matches as Aubameyang could miss
January 13, 2022 – Liverpool v Arsenal (EFL Cup)
January 16, 2022 – Tottenham v Arsenal (Premier League)
January 20, 2022 – Arsenal v Liverpool (EFL Cup)
January 23, 2022 – Arsenal v Burnley (Premier League)
February 10, 2022 – Wolves v Arsenal (Premier League)
What was said?
Arteta recently revealed why he let Aubayemang go to CAN early and what the player’s situation would be like at the club upon his return.
“We got a letter from the national team asking for permission to get the player and the player was not going to get involved today so for his fitness and to keep competing it was the right one thing to do, “he told the club manager. website.
Arteta added: “For the moment he’s gone [to Afcon].
“He has to focus on the national team, and we had the conversation which was the best way to do it.
“I said before, we will approach [his situation] game by game.