Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has withdrawn from Gabon’s friendly match against Benin due to an ankle injury, national team coach Patrice Neveu has confirmed.
Aubameyang sprained his ankle during the Gunners’ 2-1 victory against Sheffield United on Sunday and he has, consequently, opted out of the international fixture at the Estadio Pina Manique on October 11.
Neveu confirmed the medical report he received from North London regarding the fitness of the captain who faces a race against time to be fit for Arsenal’s next Premier League outing against Manchester City on October 17.
“Aubameyang suffers from a small sprained ankle, contracted on Sunday, during the Premier League match against Sheffield. The Arsenal doctor sent me a certificate indicating his unavailability. He is in care for a week,” Neveu was quoted by RFI.
Aubameyang has enjoyed a fine start to the 2020-21 season with a contribution of two goals and an assist for Mikel Arteta’s side who sit fourth in the league table after gathering nine points from four matches.