Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped for “disciplinary reasons”

Borussia Dortmund has dropped striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for “disciplinary reasons”.

Aubameyang, 28, will be exempted from selection for his club’s next Bundesliga fixture against VfB Stuttgart on Friday, with the Bundesliga club confirming the news via their official Twitter account on Thursday following reports the striker would not be involved.

“Aubameyang has been removed from the squad for tomorrow’s match for disciplinary reasons,” the club wrote in German in response to a supporter’s question on Twitter, although the club opted not to elaborate on the reasons behind it.

The Gabon International who was linked with summer moves to Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain, was also absent from a video tweeted by the club showing the squad as they arrived at the airport to fly to Stuttgart.

Aubameyang had already been suspended in the same fashion by his club before, after the forward made an unsanctioned trip to Italy last year.

Some could argue that Aubameyang’s suspension comes at a bad time for the club after Dortmund have lost three of their past four league games to drop to third place in the Bundesliga and six points off leaders Bayern Munich

They will also host Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday, where another group stage defeat could see them off the competition entirely.

Aubameyang had started this season by scoring 15 goals in his first 12 matches, including two Bundesliga hat-tricks, but he has since gone 476 minutes without scoring.

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