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A repeat of incident at friendly match with Nigeria, Sergio Aguero again taken to hospital after breathing problems



Barcelona’s Sergio Aguero receives medical attention on the pitch. PHOTO: REUTERS

Just as it happened during a 2017 friendly match with the Nigeria Super Eagles in Russia, Sergio Aguero was again taken to hospital after suffering from breathing problems during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Alaves on Saturday (Oct 30).

Aguero, 33, was forced off in the 41st minute at Camp Nou after he went down clutching his chest.

It was not clear what caused the problem.

He received treatment on the ground for several minutes and a stretcher was brought out, although the Argentinian was able to walk off the pitch.

“Aguero reported chest discomfort and has been admitted to the hospital for a cardiac exam,” Barcelona confirmed in a statement after the match.

Barca’s interim manager Sergi Barjuan said: “I asked him and he told me he was dizzy. I was told he went to hospital. I don’t know anything else.”


Memphis Depay opened the scoring for Barcelona in the 49th minute but Alaves equalised in the 52nd after Luis Rioja dribbled through.

Barca stay ninth in La Liga.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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