Barcelona’s Sergio Aguero won’t rush retirement decision amid heart problems
Barcelona forward Sergio Aguero will not be rushed into a retirement decision after a report suggested his heart problem could force him to hang up his boots at the age of 33, sources have told ESPN.
Aguero first experienced chest pain during Barca’s draw against Alaves on October 30. The Catalan club then announced that the discomfort was caused by a cardiac arrhythmia, which would require treatment over a period of three months.
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Sources close to Aguero and Barca point out that is still the case, with the Argentina international undergoing regular heart exams to monitor his health.
Catalunya Radio, however, reported on Friday that the latest tests revealed that Aguero’s heart condition is worse than initially feared and could end his career prematurely.
However, sources told ESPN that while the condition should not be minimized, it would be irresponsible to draw any conclusions until Aguero has completed the initial three-month treatment process.
An arrhythmia is a very broad term to describe any heart rhythm that is not completely normal. They can be treated and even cured, but they can also be more serious, especially if left untreated.
Aguero was only making his second start for Barca against Alaves after joining Manchester City on a free transfer this summer.
A calf injury ruled him out for the first two months of the season, but he returned in October, scoring on the bench in the Classic against Real Madrid.
He was taken out in the first half of the 1-1 draw with Alaves and immediately taken to hospital, where the arrhythmia was diagnosed.
Barca suffered another scare last week when it was revealed that Caroline Graham Hansen, who plays for the club’s women’s team, is also set to undergo a heart exam.
However, tests have revealed that the Norwegian international’s condition is not as bad as Aguero’s and that she will be reinstated in training next week.