Later this month, in Ecuador, former Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero is set to return to the field of play.
Aguero will be a guest player at the 2023 Noche Amarilla on January 28th, Ecuadorian sports club Barcelona S.C. said in an official statement on Sunday.
Aguero was taken to the hospital after being removed from the field after 42 minutes of his first home start for Barcelona against Alaves.
Towards the end of the first half, the former Manchester City striker, who had collided with an opponent in the penalty area, was clearly laboring.
Aguero got back to his feet and was helped off the field, but he was unable to practice again because of continued medical attention and surveillance.
Later, he was found to have a cardiac issue, which ultimately caused him to retire. Aguero had just played 165 minutes for Barca when he was forced to end his professional career at age 33 due to the arrhythmia discovered by the medical examinations.
After a year and three months have passed since that game, Aguero will soon make his comeback for Barcelona Sporting Club of Ecuador.
The club was started by a Spanish immigrant named Eutimio Perez, who named it after his hometown of Barcelona. The Ecuadorian team’s name and symbol were inspired by the Blaugrana.
Aguero, who will participate for the squad in the Noche Amarilla friendly game this month, said, “I look forward to being there and having fun.
I have undergone cardiac examinations, am in excellent health, and have already begun training, so I will be able to participate in the Noche Amarilla.”
He added, “I want to enjoy myself and experience the pitch once more. I have a monitor to keep me under check, so I feel great. I can play because I have a game with my Spanish buddies from Barcelona in 15 days.”
Aguero said that interacting with South American supporters while at the World Cup persuaded him to make a guest appearance for the team, which had never been demoted from the top tier of their country.
“I went out to eat in Qatar and was watching Ecuador’s first World Cup game when some Barcelona supporters recognized me and invited me to come to the Noche Amarilla,” the striker continued.
Aguero joined Manchester City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and scored a club record 260 goals for the team, winning 12 major championships during his ten-year stay, before moving on to Barcelona in 2021.
In 101 appearances for the Argentina national team, he also registered 41 goals.