Sevilla defender Sergio Sanchez ready to undergo heart op

Sevilla defender Sergio Sanchez is set to undergo heart surgery in Germany.

Sevilla defender Sergio Sanchez is set to undergo heart surgery in Germany.

The 23-year-old left-back, who joined Sevilla from Espanyol last summer, was told in early January to stop all physical activity for the time being due to a heart condition.

Sanchez has not played since and after consulting a heart specialist in Hamburg he has decided to undergo a "complicated" operation in the near future.

Sanchez said on his club's website: "Dr Sievers has explained the risks involved in having such an important operation, because it's a complicated surgery, but he made it clear that the risks are few compared to the possible benefits that could come about if I have the operation.

"There is a good chance that I could be able to continue my career as a footballer if everything goes how we want."

In 2007, Sevilla's midfielder Antonio Puerta died after collapsing on the pitch due to a cardiac arrest.

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