On Monday, widespread reports have broken in Turkey that Emmanuel Eboue has contracted HIV.
Alarm bells about Eboue health were raised on Sunday, when the player’s agent, Tekin Birinci, posted an update on Facebook. He wrote:
Unfortunately is true that we are facing some medical problems about Eboue. He will go to England… so we will know how serious it is.
— TrendFutbol (@TrendFutbolnet) October 1, 2017
According to the likes of Goal Turkey, Eboue’s situation has now been confirmed.
It’s claimed the virus was discovered as the former Galatasaray and Arsenal star was having a medical for Cypriot side Limassol.
The HIV virus was detected in Ebuoe’s blood.
— Goal Türkiye (@GoalTurkiye) October 2, 2017
Arsenal & Galatasaray
Arsenal picked up the loveable defender from Beveren in 2004, and after seven years at the club the African star moved to Galatasaray.
The only medal Eboue won at Arsenal was a UEFA Champions League runners-up award.
His time at Galatasaray, however, was far more successful. The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international won three Super Lig titles, the Turkish Cup and two Super Cups with the Istanbul club.
In 2016 he joined Sunderland, but before he could play a match Eboue was slapped with a one-year FIFA ban for failing to pay a former agent.