Agüero released from hospital after fainting at half-time in friendly

Argentinian striker scored against Russia before suffering dizzy spell during interval

Sergio Agüero (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their second goal in the international friendly against Nigeria in Krasnodar, Russia. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

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

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

The Argentinian 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 got dizzy and had to leave at half-time."

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Agüero’s hospital visit proved to be a short one, as he was soon reunited with the Argentina squad.

An update from the federation on Twitter read: “The Argentina striker Sergio Agüero is already at the hotel with the rest of the delegation.”