Maradona be­ing treated for in­ter­nal bleed­ing

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - Soccer -

Ar­gen­tinian soc­cer great Diego Maradona was ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal last night af­ter doc­tors dis­cov­ered in­ter­nal bleed­ing in his stom­ach, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

Maradona was un­der­go­ing rou­tine ex­am­i­na­tions in his home­land be­fore re­turn­ing to Mex­ico, where he is coach of sec­ond di­vi­sion side Do­ra­dos de Si­naloa, when doc­tors dis­cov­ered the prob­lem.

Ar­gen­tine sports news­pa­per Olé said the former Boca Ju­niors, Napoli and Barcelona mid­fielder, who led his coun­try to the 1986 World Cup ti­tle, would have an en­doscopy at a clinic in Olivos, on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal Buenos Aires.

The sever­ity of his con­di­tion was not known and the hospi­tal has made no of­fi­cial state­ment.

The scare was the lat­est for Maradona, who has suf­fered fre­quent hospi­tal stays over the years, of­ten due to the ex­trav­a­gant life­style that helped make him one of the most ad­mired and iconic foot­ballers of the 20th cen­tury.

Heart

He last fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, where he was filmed pass­ing out in an ex­ec­u­tive box at the Ar­gentina-Nige­ria game. Ar­gentina won 2-1 to reach the last 16, where they were knocked out of the tour­na­ment by even­tual win­ners France.

Maradona, who is now 58, was hos­pi­talised in 2004 with se­vere heart and res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems linked to co­caine use. He later un­der­went drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Cuba and Ar­gentina be­fore a stom­ach-sta­pling op­er­a­tion in 2005 helped him lose weight.

In 2007, he checked him­self into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him over­come al­co­hol abuse prob­lems.

In re­cent months he has walked with the aid of crutches due to prob­lems with his knees.

The un­ex­pected news of his ad­mit­tance to hospi­tal came just hours af­ter Maradona’s lawyer con­firmed he would coach in Mex­ico for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

Maradona took over at the strug­gling club in Septem­ber and got them to the play­offs where they lost to Atletico San Luis. “Diego Maradona has ar­ranged to con­tinue with the Do­ra­dos de Si­naloa and will stay as coach of the team for the whole sea­son,” his agent Ma­tias Morla said.

Diego Maradona: coach of sec­ond di­vi­sion Mex­i­can team Do­ra­dos de Si­naloa

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