Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has opened up on the challenges he faced after contracting malaria at the beginning of April, admitting he lost 4kg during the disease.
The 31-year-old was hospitalized after contracting the disease malaria while on international duty with Gabon but he has admitted that he has recovered physically, and is ready to start for the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.
This season has been extremely tough for him both on and off the pitch, and the Gunners’ captain admitted he had never been so sick before in his life.
“I was feeling very, very bad,”
“This was the worst moment of being sick in my life because it was really hard.
“I had three days in a row, fever, all day and all night, non-stop. Even the paracetamol and stuff had no effects on this.
“After that, I spoke to the doctor and I said I needed to go to the hospital because I had traveled to Africa so maybe it was something like malaria.
“I stayed in hospital for three days and I think I lost four kilos. It was a really bad moment and I think my family was a bit scared to see me like this.
“After that, I had some good treatments and the staff did very well and the doctors as well in the hospital.
“I am lucky that we took it in the end at the right moment because sometimes with malaria, if you don’t treat it quickly, you can have some big problems.”