Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund over disciplinary reasons.
The African Player of the Year nominee for 2017 will miss his side’s clash against Stuttgart on the weekend, in a game that is really crucial in order to keep themselves in contention for the Bundesliga title.
The German giants revealed on social media site Twitter that Aubameyang has been suspended for breaching discipline. Nothing else was mentioned in the tweet.
The striker has netted 10 goals in 11 matches in the Bundesliga this season, and his absence serves as a big blow for the side.
Not being new to controversy, the Gabon international was also suspended last season, for the club’s Champions League tie against Sporting Lisbon. The player had gone against former coach Thomas Tuchel’s wishes by going on a trip to Milan.
This time too, he has caused a controversy, and according to German outlet Bild, the forward has been suspended for taking a trip to see his former teammate Ousmane Dembele in Barcelona. His 2-day trip was not sanctioned by the club, and therefore, they had to suspend him on this ground.
Dembele moved to Barcelona as the world’s third most costliest player over scathing circumstances that did not go well with the club. The Frenchman was initially suspended for unlimited time after skipping a training session uninformed, before making his move to the Spanish giants.
Aubameyang will be hoping the suspension only last this week, as he will be gearing up to get back in form after misfiring in the recent set of games. Dortmund are on the brink of Champions League exit, and will have to turn their focus on the Europa League and the Bundesliga now.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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