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Allergy tests for record Southampton signing Osvaldo

Southampton's Dani Osvaldo is to undergo medical tests after suffering a 'serious allergic reaction'. The Italy international was forced from the field, clearly struggling, during a friendly outing against Germany on Friday.

It is still not known what caused the health scare and the 27-year-old is expected to be involved with Italy again when they face Nigeria at Fulham's Craven Cottage home on Monday.

Professor Enrico Castellacci from Italy's medical staff said in the Echo: "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."

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