Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund’s top striker, was suspended by his team for reporting late after a private trip with friends to Milan, according to German media reports.
Aubameyang was surprisingly left out of the squad for the Champions League match against Sporting on Wednesday because of unspecified “internal reasons.” Dortmund won 1-0 on a goal by Aubameyang’s backup, Adrian Ramos, and advanced to the round of 16.
Coach Thomas Tuchel said Aubameyang would be back for Bundesliga match against Hamburg on Saturday.
The German news agency dpa and two newspapers say the suspension was imposed after Aubameyang flew on a private jet with friends on Monday and reported late for training on Tuesday. The team did not train on Monday.
Aubameyang watched the match from the stands.