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Aguero Diagnosed with Cardiac Arrhythmia

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Sergio Aguero has been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia – an irregular heartbeat – after leaving the pitch with breathing difficulties in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Alaves on Saturday evening.

There was significant concern surrounding the 33-year-old’s wellbeing at Camp Nou, after he initially went to ground holding his throat and chest, raising fears that he was struggling to breathe.

A stretcher was called onto the pitch, but he was able to leave the field by his own accord, before being rushed to hospital to undergo emergency tests on his heart.

Sport has revealed that test results show Aguero suffers from cardiac arrhythmia, which means he has an irregular heartbeat. This is not something uncommon to the Argentine, who suffered from this illness when he was 12 years old.

He also suffered a similar episode 10 days earlier, adding to the tension and concerns surrounding this particular incident.

Further and more in-depth tests will be carried out over the next few days to understand the severity of Aguero’s condition, meaning it’s unlikely that he’ll be risked in Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Dynamo Kyiv in midweek.

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Aguero is believed to be relatively calm but also ‘worried’ over the mysterious nature of the illness, and the uncertainty that lingers regarding how serious it may prove to be. He will have to await the results of the next round of tests before the severity can be assessed.

Injuries and fitness issues have plagued Aguero since leaving Manchester City to join the Catalan giants, and he was forced to wait until mid-October before making his Barça debut due to a couple of different problems.

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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