Barcelona: health problems overshadow Pique and Aguero

Barcelona: health problems overshadow Pique and Aguero

MADRID (AP) – Barcelona’s troubles continue to worsen ahead of the Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday, when Gerard Pique and Sergio Aguero are unlikely to travel to Ukraine due to health problems.

The club said Sunday that veteran defender Piqué has “the correct calf deformity,” which will push him back into the “foreseeable future,” while Aguero is expected to remain in the hospital to undergo additional heart tests after he left. Saturday spanish league match feeling dizzy.

Barcelona lost 1-1 at home on Saturday at home to the threatened Alaves 1-1 for their third consecutive setback after being defeated by promoted Rayo Vallecano and rival Real Madrid. The Catalan club started their first season badly without Lionel Messi in nearly 20 years.

Coach Ronald Koeman was fired last week and the team was coached by interim manager Sergi Barhuan on Saturday.

Piquet came out in the 70th minute with the score 1: 1 at the Camp Nou stadium. Two weeks ago, he beat Dynamo 1-0 over Dynamo, a result that restored Barcelona’s chances of avoiding their first Champions League group stage elimination in nearly two decades.

Aguero left before the break and was taken to the hospital for further tests. Spanish media reported that he was diagnosed with arrhythmia and will remain in the hospital under observation. The veteran of the Argentina national team made his debut at Barcelona only at the end of October due to another injury.

Barcelona are third in Group E of the Champions League, one point behind runner-up Benfica and six points behind leader Bayern Munich. The Catalan club is two points ahead of Dynamo after three matches.

Barcelona are ninth in the Spanish league with 16 points in 11 games.

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