Colombian midfielder Andrés Balanta, who had been playing for Argentine Atlético Tucumán for a few months, died on Tuesday after collapsing in full training, the club itself announced.
"Atlético Tucumán regrets confirming the death of Colombian soccer player Andrés Balanta. We embrace and accompany his family and friends with deep respect at this time," the 'Dean' published on his official account on the social network Twitter, along with a photo with a bow superimposed black in which the player can be seen smiling.
According to close sources, the 22-year-old footballer died upon arrival at the hospital in San Miguel de Tucumán (northwestern Argentina), after resuscitation maneuvers and defibrillator work for more than 40 minutes did not work.
As soon as the news was released, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) published a message of condolences on its social networks.
The local newspaper La Gaceta recalled that the player had already fainted when he was a member of the Colombian Deportivo Cali, in 2019, although at that time none of the tests that were performed on him yielded abnormal results.
The footballer born on January 18, 2000 arrived at Atlético Tucumán in June 2022 after having developed his short professional career at Deportivo Cali, in his hometown.
The team led by Lucas Pusineri had started the preseason this Monday, according to what the club itself reported on its official website, which recalled the "demanding year" that the team was going to face "with triple competition": the Professional Soccer League, the of the League and the Argentine Cup.
In response to the high temperatures that are registered these days in that area of the country, Atlético Tucumán reported that "the practices were contemplated in special hours" and that, in them, "good hydration is one of the keys", added the technical body.