Sergio Aguero has undergone medical checks after it was reported that he fell ill during Argentina’s 4-2 loss to Nigeria in a friendly in Krasnodar.
The Manchester City forward apparently fainted at halftime before being taken to a local hospital. Later he was released and rejoined the rest of the Argentine squad.
Aguero started the game and scored in the 36th minute before retiring at halftime during the game, which was played at the Krasnodar stadium in Russia.
The Argentine Football Association said in its Twitter account that the 29-year-old “had a blackout and was taken (to the hospital) so the routine tests were done only as a precaution.”
Referring to a previous heart problem, Argentine team doctor Donato Villani told reporters: “He felt bad twice, and with the medical history he has, since he was operated on when he was 15 years old, we wanted to be sure that he did not It was nothing. “We took him to the hospital to make sure everything was normal, we’d rather wait to be safe.”
Manchester City was eager to resolve the incident and still did not rule out Agüero’s trip to Leicester City on Saturday.
A statement from the club said: “Sergio Agüero has been authorized by doctors to return to Manchester as planned after suffering from.dizziness during Argentina’s 4-2 defeat by Nigeria in Krasnodar.
“Sergio never lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital for preventative medical check-ups and will be evaluated by the club’s medical team before the Premier League trip this weekend to Leicester City.”
In the match, an Argentine team without Lionel Messi squandered a two-goal lead and was beaten 4-2 in the final wistle.
Ever Banega and Aguero gave the advantage to Argentina, with Agüero’s former Manchester City team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho, who returned the goal to Nigeria just before the break with a free-.kick.
Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored twice and Brian Idowu also found the net for Nigeria in the second half.
Argentine defender Javier Mascherano said: “Playing against a team of such physical strength, you pay the price, they walked on us … and when we tried to return to the game we could not.”
Argentina only secured its place in the next World Cup in the last round of South American qualifiers and has not presented convincing performances without Messi.