Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals he caught malaria on Gabon duty as Arsenal skipper posts photo from his hospital bed

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has revealed he caught malaria while on Gabon duty.

The Arsenal skipper, 31, will not face Sparta Prague in Thursday's crucial Europa League second leg in the Czech Republic.

Aubameyang revealed he contracted the illness with his national team last month.

The Gunners forward even claimed he'd been feeling under the weather for a 'couple of weeks'.

And on Thursday, less than an hour before his side's monster European game, Aubameyang took to Instagram to thank his doctors.

The Arsenal skipper wrote: "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.

"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!



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"Will be watching my boys now, huge game for us! Let‘s go and get it."

Captain Aubameyang played and scored in Gabon's 3-0 win over DR Congo on March 29.

However, he missed his side's next game – a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Angola.

Since returning from international duty, Aubameyang has played twice for Arsenal – in the 3-0 drubbing at home to Liverpool and 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague, also at the Emirates.

Aubameyang's last goal for his club came in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on March 6.

He has scored 14 times in 33 games in all competitions for the Gunners this term.

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