Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has revealed that he is gradually recovering from the bout of malaria he picked up while on international duty with Gabon.
Auba missed Sunday’s 3-0 Premier League win at Sheffield United and was also absent for the Europa League quarter-final second leg 4-0 thrashing of Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
The Gunners had said Aubameyang was missing due to “illness”, but moments before his team-mates kicked off in the Czech capital, the Gabonese spoke from his hospital bed.
The 31-year-old posted more details on his situation via his Instagram account.
“Hey guys, thanks for all the messages and calls,” he wrote.
“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! Will be watching my boys now, huge game for us! Let’s go and get it @arsenal.”
Manager Mikel Arteta had told newsmen he is “feeling good” when asked about his skipper following Arsenal’s 4-0 victory on Thursday night.
“We just spoke with him,” Arteta said. “He’s at home, he’s fine. He had two days in hospital to get the right treatment, but he’s feeling good now.
Aubameyang will be hoping to recover in time for Arsenal’s Europa League semifinal clash against Villarreal managed by former Gunners boss Unai Emery.