Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves Gabon duty early

Gabon will be without Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Tuesday’s meeting with Egypt, although a reason has yet to be disclosed by the striker’s country or club.

A near-permanent starter when fit, Aubameyang netted Gabon’s winning goal against Libya last week and was expected to keep his spot in the squad to face Egypt.

However, that hasn’t happened. The Gabon FA confirmed on Twitter that Aubameyang wasn’t part of the squad, but there was no reason given.

Local Gabon outlet L’Union state that Aubameyang actually travelled with the squad for the game, only to hop on a private flight back to London before the game.

There have been suggestions that Arsenal had an agreement with Gabon to bring Aubameyang back early, but others have claimed that Aubameyang is injured – including international team-mate Bruno Ecuele Manga.

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