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African Cup: Aubameyang returning to Arsenal for heart tests

Gabon released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina to return to their clubs on Monday after being diagnosed with heart lesions at the African Cup of Nations.

Aubameyang, a striker for Arsenal in the Premier League, and Lemina, a midfielder with French club Nice, will undergo more thorough medical tests at their clubs, the Gabon Football Federation said.

The federation announced on Friday that the cardiac lesions were found on the players in checks by Confederation of African Football medical officials checking on their condition after contracting the coronavirus.

Gabon's goalkeeper Jean-Noel Amonome dives as he fails to stop a goal shot from Ghana's captain Andre Ayew, during the African Cup of Nations 2022 group C soccer match between Gabon and Ghana at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

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Gabon's fans react after Ghana's captain Andre Ayew scored a goal during the Cup of Nations 2022 group C soccer match between Gabon and Ghan at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)