Unai Emery Explains What Influenced Aubameyang Sinus Operation

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Unai Emery has disclosed what happened in the buildup to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's sinus procedure conducted this week.

The Gabonese international could not make the trip to feature in his side's 3-1 loss to Wolves at the Molineux Stadium on Wednesday.

This was as a result of a nasal issue which according to the boss had been present weeks ago but for fear of losing him out of any of the crucial games, they decided to hold on.

The club doctors however advised that it could be detrimental if the treatment is delayed till the end of the season. This prompted the move to strategize and pick which of the games they would bear his absence.

“We decided two weeks ago to do it for Wednesday’s game,” he said. “Otherwise it would have had to be for this game on Sunday.

“It was not possible for him to miss the matches next week against Valencia or Brighton instead.

“We also decided not to do it against Crystal Palace or Napoli. But the doctor said to do it as quickly as possible because he needed it done. We decided this match was the best in those weeks.”

Aubameyang is back in training and could start when Arsenal visit the King Power Stadium on Sunday, so says Unai Emery, though his chances depend on his ability to train with no hassle.

“He trained today and if he can train tomorrow, I think we can think he’s ready for Sunday,” Emery said.

“If he can train normally tomorrow, starting is even a possibility.”

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