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Aubameyang fuming with Gabon FA’s ‘bizarre’ decision to not make injury public

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cannot understand the Gabon FA’s refusal to publicly declare his injury

The 29-year-old striker will be unavailable for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mali due to a back injury.

But, to Aubameyang’s frustration, the Gabon FA have given no reason to the supporters for his no-show this weekend.

The Arsenal star insists they have received a doctor’s letter explaining the cause behind his absence.

“It’s bizarre. Any FA will publish the reason why one of its players can’t report for international duty,” said Aubameyang, according to Daily Mail.

“But in this case, our association definitely received an e-mail from my doctor (saying I am injured). However, they still haven’t made this fact public.

“People are going to say that Aubameyang declined to turn up. It looks as though I have refused to come along for a different reason.”

Gabon manager Daniel Cousin did, however, acknowledge that an email from Arsenal’s club doctor had been obtained.

Aubameyang has managed 9 goals and one assist in 16 appearances for Gabon at international level.

The national side are second in Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying phase.