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Sergio Aguero offers encouraging update after heart condition diagnosis

Tom Gott
Sergio Aguero remains positive after his diagnosis
Sergio Aguero remains positive after his diagnosis / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero has reassured fans he is in good health after being diagnosed with a heart condition.

The club confirmed on Monday that Aguero is set for three months of treatment on the issue, which left him short of breath and forced him off the field during the first half of the recent 1-1 draw with Alaves.

The sight of him being helped off the pitch was unnerving, to say the least, but Aguero took to Twitter to make sure fans knew he is feeling alright.

"I am well and in good spirits to face the recovery process," he wrote. "I want to thank you all for so many messages of support and love that make my heart stronger today."

From a footballing perspective, Aguero's absence could be tricky for Barcelona to navigate as they already find themselves without Martin Braithwaite, who remains sidelined with a nasty knee injury.

Braithwaite was initially signed back in February 2020, outside the La Liga transfer window, after it was ruled that Barcelona could make an emergency signing to cope with the six-month absence of Ousmane Dembele, but the Catalan giants will not be permitted to make a similar signing this time around.

La Liga have altered their rules on emergency signings these days. While clubs were once permitted to splash out on a new player to replace one who was set to miss at least five months, the league have now opted to eliminate the emergency signing rule altogether when it comes to injuries.

It's for that reason that Barcelona have not been able to make a signing to replace Braithwaite and they cannot do so to cope with Aguero's absence either. If Barcelona want a new striker, they will have to dip into the free agent pool.

At this point in the season, the selection of free agents isn't particularly plentiful, with the likes of Andy Carroll, Sebastian Giovinco and Facundo Ferreyra among the biggest names still available.