FC Barcelona have already decided who to sign as Sergio Aguero’s replacement
In a cruel twist of fate, Sergio Aguero may never kick a competitive football again.
Signing from Manchester City as a free agent in May, the Argentine waited until October to pull on a Blaugrana shirt in an official capacity, and was only in his second start for his new club when tragedy struck.
Signalling for interim manager Sergi Barjuan to bring him off, he then slumped to the Camp Nou turf clutching his chest as a medical team rushed to attend to him.
Later well enough to get to his feet and leave the pitch on his own terms, the 1-1 draw with Alaves might be the last time we ever see Aguero in action.
Rushed to hospital, tests revealed that he suffered from an undetected cardiac arrhythmia, or heart rate rhythm disorder, with the Catalans releasing a statement on Monday evening and confirming the minimum length of time he may be sidelined.
"Barca player Kun Aguero has been subjected to a diagnostic and therapeutic process by Dr. Josep Brugada," it began.
"He is unavailable for selection and, during the next three months, the effectiveness of treatment will be evaluated in order to determine his recovery process."
It is of course hoped that 'Kun' can lace up his boots yet again in February, but until then, Barca have to make plans for the worst case scenario.
With Xavi Hernandez about to be announced as head coach before a Saturday meeting with Celta Vigo, reports from Spain suggested that the La Liga giants have already sized up a replacement.
According to SPORT and As, it is none other than Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani, who since Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival from Juventus for a second stint at Old Trafford has seen his playing minutes diminish.
His contract ending at the close of the season, snatching him in the January window wouldn't be that expensive though he would have to take a salary cut, and it is believed that Xavi would approve of the capture.
Another option is Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, but he is far less fancied by decision makers on the FC Barcelona board.