Sergio Aguero taken to hospital after concerning injury during Barcelona’s draw with Alaves

Sergio Aguero was replaced in the first half of the game at the Camp Nou (Picture: Getty Images)

Sergio Aguero was forced off during the first half of Barcelona’s draw with Alaves on Saturday night and sent to hospital for tests after suffering a chest injury and apparent breathing difficulties.

Aguero was making his first start at the Camp Nou but there were worrying scenes as he went to ground late in the first half holding his chest and throat.

The medical team rushed onto the field, bringing a stretcher with them, but Aguero returned to his feet and was able to leave the pitch under his own strength, replaced by Philippe Coutinho after several minutes of treatment.

However, concerns remained and the 33-year-old was taken to hospital for further tests to see what the problem was.

Reports from El Chiringuito suggest the former Manchester City striker is ‘fine’ and the trip to hospital was just a precaution, but it was a worrying scenario nonetheless.

Barcelona had B-team coach Sergi Barjuan in charge of the first game since Ronald Koeman was sacked as manager.

Memphis Depay scored the first goal of the game after 49 minutes but the lead did not last long, with Luis Rioja levelling things up just three minutes later.

The draw leaves Barca down in ninth in La Liga, eight points behind league leaders Real Madrid, having picked up just 16 points from their first 11 games.

Aguero was making just his fifth appearance for Barca since his summer move from Manchester City.

After nearly a decade of prolific scoring in the Premier League, Aguero has scored once so far for Barcelona and will hope to be fit again as soon as possible to improve his scoring record in Spain.

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