Sevilla’s Arouna Kone discharged from hospital after health scare

Sevilla striker Arouna Kone has been discharged from hospital today but faces an anxious wait after undergoing several health tests.

The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international featured in Thursday night’s friendly between Sevilla and UD Rotena, playing the first 45 minutes scoring once and assisting twice more. Substituted at the break, the player was then admitted to hospital after complaining of spasms, a temperature and general sickness.

The club say they will continue to monitor the striker’s health in the coming weeks, and in a statement concluded: “Throughout the morning several tests have been conducted to help reach a more accurate diagnosis about what has affected the Ivory Coast player.” Some of those tests have already resulted negative, with it being suggested the episode is related to the player’s already-known-about heart problem that although deterred Ajax from once signing the player in 2004, had been cleared by staff doctors at three separate clubs, including Sevilla.

Immediately though, thoughts at the club will return to August 2007, when Sevilla lost 22-year-old left-back Antonio Puerta after he suffered a heart attack when on the La Liga football field. Los Rojiblancos also saw full-back Sergio Sanchez ruled out for over a year in late 2009, when complaints of chest pains and rigorous tests resulted in the player eventually undergoing heart surgery. Sanchez has returned to first-team football and since transferred to Malaga this summer.

Spain has seen an unusually high number of heart-related health issues hit the professional game since Puerta’s death brought it to the forefront. Most notably, Espanyol’s Daniel Jarque died from a heart attack in August 2009 during his side’s pre-season preparations. Before that, Real Madrid’s Ruben de la Red collapsed during a game in 2008 and has since been forced to retire, whilst last season saw lower-League side Reus lose their player Jordi Pitarque to a fatal heart attack and Real Betis’ Miguel Garcia had to be resuscitated on the pitch during a Segunda Division match after his heart had stopped for 25 seconds.

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