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Argentina striker Sergio Aguero taken to hospital after fainting during loss to Nigeria

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Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital after fainting at half-time in Argentina’s friendly defeat against Nigeria, the Argentine Football Federation announced.

The Manchester City striker scored after 36 minutes in Krasnodar, Russia, to put Argentina 2-0 ahead, but did not come out for the second half and was replaced by Dario Benedetto.

The Argentina Football Federation stated in a Twitter post: “(Aguero medical bulletin) He fainted and was therefore transferred to carry out routine checks just as a precaution.”

Speaking after the 4-2 defeat, in which Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored twice as Nigeria mounted a comeback, Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said on the federation website: “Sergio (Aguero) got dizzy and had to leave at half-time.”

The developments in Russia are the latest health concerns for the City forward, who suffered a rib injury in a car crash in Amsterdam during October.

Initially it had been feared Aguero would be set for an extended spell on the sidelines, but the striker was soon back training and made a return to action for the Premier League match against Burnley, scoring the opening goal of a 3-0 win. (TelegraphUK)

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