Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque has died after he suffered a cardiac arrest following a training session, the club have confirmed in a statement.
The 26-year-old midfielder had been training in Coverciano, Italy, where the squad are on a pre-season camp.
Club doctors and Italian paramedics tried to revive Jarque without success.
His death comes two years after Sevilla defender Antonio Puerta, 22, died of heart failure after collapsing during a Spanish league game.
“Tragedy struck Espanyol and the family of Dani Jarque this evening. The player died from a cardiac arrest,” said a club statement. The doctor carried out CPR on the player and used a defibrillator, which showed that the arrest was non responsive. RCD Espanyol, broken with pain, wish to put themselves at the absolute disposition of the family of our captain Dani Jarque, to whom go our warmest thoughts.”
Espanyol, who had been due to play Bologna on Sunday, have suspended their pre-season tour of Italy and will fly back to Barcelona.