Sergio Aguero says he is ‘always positive’ and following doctors’ advice in response to rumours he may have to RETIRE due to arrhythmia heart issues
- Sergio Aguero has responded to rumours he may have to retire from football
- The Argentinian went off with chest pains in a game against Alaves last month
- The Barcelona striker said he was feeling positive and following medical advice
- The 33-year-old has been ordered to rest for three months due to condition
Sergio Aguero was quick to respond to rumours circulating that he may have to retire from football after being diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia.
The Barcelona striker said he was remaining in high spirits and following the advice of doctors after being taken off 41 minutes into his first Barcelona start last month against Alaves with chest pains.
The 33-year-old has been ordered to rest for three months and he said he would continue to wait before assessing the situation.
Sergio Aguero’s future as a footballer is in question after his diagnosis of heart arrhythmia
Aguero went down with chest pains 41 minutes into his first Barcelona start against Alaves
The 33-year-old walked off the pitch but spent the next two days in hospital undergoing tests
Aguero tweeted: ‘Given the rumours I wanted to say I’m following doctors’ orders, undergoing tests and treatment and we’ll see what progress I make over the 90 days. Always positive’
Aguero’s intervention came after Catalunya Radio reported on Friday that the player’s condition was more serious than first believed following medical tests.
Catalunya Radio said the option of retiring had been put to Aguero, adding his condition was complex and could be ‘incompatible’ with professional sport.
Aguero tweeted: ‘Given the rumours I wanted to say I’m following doctors’ orders, undergoing tests and treatment and we’ll see what progress I make over the 90 days.
Aguero joined Barcelona on a free transfer last summer from Manchester City and was making his first start for his new club, in a LaLiga match against Alaves, when he started feeling chest pains.
The Argentinian walked off the pitch before spending the next two days in hospital.
Barcelona then announced that Aguero would rest for three months while ‘the effectiveness of treatment is evaluated’.
The incident prompted an outpouring of support at City, Aguero’s former club.
‘I spoke with his agent. It’s difficult news for him and his family,’ City manager Pep Guardiola said. ‘We wish him well from all our people. Our chairman, we wish him a safe recovery. Health and life more important than anything else.
‘He is in good hands, he takes care of himself, we wish him a safe recovery and come back if he can – otherwise enjoy his life and what he has done. Be careful and be safe for the rest of his life.’
Aguero’s old manager at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, passed on his regards to the striker
Aguero was making just his fifth Barcelona appearance before going off against Alaves
Aguero’s former City team-mate Kyle Walker, who was on the White Hart Lane pitch when Fabrice Muamba’s suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie in 2012, added City’s players were in shock at the news.
‘I played with Christian (Eriksen) and it happened at the Euros to him and you think about him and the family,’ said the defender,’ Walker said.
‘I hope Sergio is OK, I spoke to Christian a couple of weeks ago on text message. It is a surprise, we are fit athletes and we train every day. His health is more important that football at the moment.
‘I have seen it happen to a few people I have shared a dressing room with. Take your time, as long as it takes.’
Earlier in November, Aguero released a video thanking the Barcelona supporters for the messages of support he has received.
Aguero has sent a heartfelt thanks to Barcelona for the good wishes he has received
Aguero said: ‘Hey Culers! Sending you all a big hug! Thank you for all the messages of support. Now it’s time to recover and wait for more news. Sending you all a big hug.’
Aguero had made five appearances in all competitions for Barcelona since arriving in Spain. He scored one goal, in the 2-1 defeat against fierce rivals Real Madrid in LaLiga.