Raheem Sterling has sent a message of support to his former Manchester City teammate Sergio Aguero, who was subbed off in Barcelona’s latest match due to cardiac problems.
Barca’s form wobble in the absence of their headline performer Lionel Messi continued on Saturday, as they played out a 1-1 draw with bottom-table Deportivo Alaves at Camp Nou.
Adding to the Catalans’ ongoing issues, including the recent sacking of Ronald Koeman, Aguero could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia, per Diario Sport.
The 33-year-old requested to be withdrawn already in the first half of his side’s underwhelming stalemate with Alaves, with Philippe Coutinho taking his place.
While his teammates continued to struggle in their own on-field battle, Aguero was taken straight to the hospital for further checks, where his pain in the chest received the explanation.
Shortly after the news of the Argentine’s cardiac issues travelled across the world, Man City ace and his close friend Sterling took to social media to provide the new Barca striker with support and comfort.
The Cityzens joined Sterling in sending their sympathy to Kun, who now faces an entirely new battle apart from his injury-riddled start to life at Camp Nou.
In the meantime, Barcelona’s interim boss Sergi Barjuan delivered an update on Aguero’s condition immediately after Saturday’s draw.
“I was told he was feeling a bit dizzy,” he said, as relayed by talkSPORT.
“I have just learned that he was taken to hospital, and I can’t say much more until I know.”
Aguero moved to Barcelona as a free agent in the summer after calling time on his trophy-laden spell at the Etihad Stadium.
However, although he was probably hoping for a chance to play with Messi, the La Liga club’s financial problems eventually saw the Argentina captain leave for Paris Saint-Germain.
And while Paris Saint-Germain are cruising towards the Ligue 1 title despite Messi’s slow start, the Catalan powerhouse are staring at their worst domestic campaign in the 21st century.
Barcelona are currently ninth in the standings and only have Real Madrid’s sporadic slip-ups to thank for still being ‘only’ eight points adrift of the summit.
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