Sergio Aguero was substituted in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Alaves after appearing to have difficulty breathing.
The Argentine, who joined Catalan club Man City over the summer, fell four minutes before half-time at Camp Nou in obvious discomfort and the club’s medical team rushed onto the pitch with a stretcher.
Fortunately, the 33-year-old didn’t need to use it, but images of the crowd at the stadium seemed clearly disturbed by the alarming incident.
Aguero was rushed to hospital in an ambulance as the match drew to a close.
In the game, which ended 1-1, Memphis Depay opened with a superb curling strike before Luis Rioja netted Alaves a point after passing goaltender Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
It was the first game since Ronald Koeman was sacked as manager and interim coach Sergi Barjuan was unable to lead the club to victory.
Xavi is the big favorite to succeed the Dutchman, but he insisted he was “fully focused” on the upcoming games for current club Al Sadd amid speculation about the vacancy earlier this week.
At a press conference on Friday, Barca president Joan Laporta admitted he had been in contact with Xavi over the past month and spoke about the coaching qualities of the four-time Champions League winner.
But Al Sadd responded ahead of his Qatar Stars League match with Al Ahli on Saturday.
A statement on his official Twitter account read: “In response to what has been circulating recently, Al Sadd’s management reaffirms that Xavi has a two-year contract with the club and is fully focused on the team’s upcoming games, to maintain our lead at the top. of the league and defend the title.
Xavi progressed through Barcelona’s La Masia academy and spent 17 years as a first team at Camp Nou – before becoming team captain and becoming one of the most decorated players in club history. – before leaving in 2015 to join Al Sadd. first as a player.