Southampton striker Osvaldo to undergo medical checks

Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo is set to undergo medical checks following a ‘serious allergic reaction’ that occurred during Italy’s friendly with Germany on Friday, Sky Sports has reported.

The club’s record signing was unable to last the duration of the international friendly on Friday, despite having been given injections by the medical staff to stabalise his condition. Osvaldo and Southampton are attempting to tackle his allergies ahead of their next fixture away to table-toppers Arsenal.

Italy face Nigeria at Craven Cottage on Monday, and the 27-year-old is still expected to be involved for Italy despite the health scare. Professor Enrico Castellacci of Italy’s medical staff said: “Going off the field, Osvaldo had a pretty strong allergic reaction, so he needed an anti-histamine injection.

Now his condition has stabilised and there’s nothing to worry about. It’ll be wise for him to have some tests and find out what it is he’s allergic to. These reactions can be more or less damaging, but he started to feel ill as soon as he got to the bench, then got worse until it became a pretty serious condition. We sent him into the locker room for treatment.

He told me he had a couple of previous incidents in the past, so we advised him to carry cortisone in his pocket at all times and to have tests when he gets back to England. The allergic reaction came out in a rash, but when it inflates the throat then it can impede breathing and become very serious indeed.

The Italy international has made seven appearances for the Saints since joining from Roma in the summer for a record fee of £12.8m plus bonuses. Osvaldo’s first goal for the club came against Crystal Palace, but he is yet to score since.

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