It was not quite the night as planned for Argentina when they faced Nigeria in an international friendly, as they suffered defeat, and also lost Sergio Aguero through an illness.
Aguero helped the 2014 FIFA World Cup finalists by scoring and taking them 2-0 up against Nigeria. But the Manchester City talisman fainted during half-time, and was immediately taken to the hospital.
The star striker became Argentina’s third-highest scorer of all time after his strike, but health issues at the break forced him to leave the Stadion FK in Krasnodar to receive medical attention.
However, the Argentine Twitter handle soon confirmed that the player did not undergo anything serious, and was taken to the hospital for precautionary routine check.
The African nation stunned Argentina with a 4-2 win despite initially being 2-0 down. But the side will be happy with Aguero not being seriously ill, as will Premier League leaders City, who face a tricky test away at Leicester City this weekend.
The club’s official website also confirmed the striker’s status, by revealing “Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks. He will be assessed by the club’s medical team ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.”
For now though, Pep Guardiola will be hoping his premier striker will be fit enough and raring to play a part against the Foxes.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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