Sergio Aguero out for least three months as Barcelona announce ‘diagnostic and therapeutic process’

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Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero will not be available for selection for at least the next three months after undergoing “a diagnostic and therapeutic process” for a cardiological issue.

Signed over the course of the summer after leaving Manchester City, the Argentine international - who scored on his debut in a loss against Real Madrid last weekend - was forced to leave the pitch during Saturday’s draw with Alaves.

Aguero was making his first start at the Nou Camp since his summer transfer but his evening lasted just 41 minutes.

The Argentinian reported chest discomfort and appeared to be suffering breathing problems, although he managed to walk from the field as he was replaced by Philippe Coutinho.

A Barca statement on Monday read: “The first team player Sergio Aguero has been subjected to a diagnostic and therapeutic process by Dr Josep Brugada.

“He is unavailable for selection and during the next three months the effectiveness of treatment will be evaluated in order to determine his recovery process.

“The Argentine was taken to hospital for cardiological evaluation on Saturday following the Barca v Alaves game in which the Barca striker felt unwell in the first half and was replaced before half-time by Philippe Coutinho.”

Speaking ahead of Barca’s Champions League Group E match against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine on Tuesday, caretaker coach Sergi Barjuan said Aguero remains “calm”.

Barjuan said: “I talked to him and he’s calm. He’s confined to his room but considering the situation he’s calm.”

Additional reporting from PA

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