Tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ago, Mario Lemina, like his team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was then diagnosed with a heart problem and was unable to play Gabon’s second CAN match. His coach in Nice, Christophe Galtier, said more on Friday evening.
We have known it now for months: a Covid-19 infection can lead to various complications. This is what happened this week with the two Gabonese internationals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina, who were diagnosed with a heart problem after their positive test, and therefore could not play against Ghana Friday at CAN (1-1).
Asked Friday evening about this subject after the Aiglons’ victory against Nantes in Ligue 1 (2-1), Nice coach Christophe Galtier provided details on the case of Lemina, his club player.
“The most important thing is the health of the player”
“I was informed by our medical staff, first slipped the French technician. The protocol is simple: when you are negative twice in a row and you can play again, there is an obligation to do heart tests And fortunately. Congratulations to the professionalism of the Gabonese medical staff. The exams were done and sent to us. We had them analyzed at home, and there would be inflammation of the myocardium, around the heart, which happens quite often to people who have contracted the Covid.”
Clearly, Mario Lemina would suffer from myocarditis, like Alphonso Davies on the side of Bayern Munich. “It’s not a lesion, it’s an inflammation that will disappear over time, continued Galtier, wanting to be reassuring. How long, I don’t know, we’ll see what happens with Mario. But the most important thing is the health of the player.”