22-year-old Colombian club football player, playing in Argentina, dies during training

Colombian midfielder Andres Balanta died on Tuesday in the hospital of the Tucumán Health Center after he collapsed during a training session for Atletico Tucuman, the Argentine first division team.

Balanta, 22, was reportedly treated urgently by doctors who tried to resuscitate him, but his death was later confirmed.

The club’s medical staff attempted to resuscitate him but failed and he was pronounced dead on arrival at Centro de Salud Hospital. It was the club’s second pre-season training session.

The defensive midfielder joined from Deportivo Cali in July 2021 and played for the Colombia national team at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup.

After his death, the club informed his next of kin. “We are putting everything at our disposal so that they come to this province as soon as possible,” the club’s leaders said at a conference.

Clarin newspaper reported that Balanta had a similar problem in 2019 for which he was hospitalized. He then collapsed during training and had to be admitted. “He had had metabolic syncope (mild fainting) due to low glucose, although the MRI and electrocardiogram performed on him at the time showed nothing abnormal,” Clarin noted.

In June this year, a 21-year-old Fabricio Navarro, a footballer for the club, died in his sleep after suffering a heart attack.

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