Maradona re­leased from hos­pi­tal after rou­tine op­er­a­tion

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Ar­gentina’s World Cup win­ning cap­tain Diego Maradona was re­leased from hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day after suc­cess­fully un­der­go­ing a rou­tine op­er­a­tion for stom­ach bleed­ing, his lawyer said. The 58-year old coach of Mex­i­can club Do­ra­dos de Si­naloa was di­ag­nosed ear­lier this month with in­ter­nal bleed­ing caused by a her­nia and went un­der the knife on Satur­day in a hos­pi­tal on the out­skirts of Buenos Aires.

“Diego Maradona has just been re­leased from hos­pi­tal and is head­ing home to con­tinue with his re­cu­per­a­tion,” the player’s lawyer Ma­tias Morla said on Twit­ter. The for­mer Boca Ju­niors, Napoli and Barcelona player has been no stranger to hos­pi­tals in re­cent years, of­ten due to the ex­trav­a­gant life­style that helped make him one of the most iconic play­ers of the 20th cen­tury.

He last fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, where he fainted in an ex­ec­u­tive box while watch­ing Ar­gentina play Nige­ria. Maradona, who led Ar­gentina to the World Cup in 1986 be­fore twice be­ing banned for fail­ing drug tests, was taken into hos­pi­tal 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. He is ex­pected to re­turn to coach­ing du­ties in Mex­ico when he is fully fit again.

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