Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona will have urgent surgery to treat a subcutaneous hematoma, a blood clot in the brain, his private doctor told reporters on Tuesday, after he was hospitalized one day before.
Maradona was admitted to Ipensa Hospital in La Plata on Monday with anemia, dehydration and depression, but will now have a procedure after the MRI scan showing a subdural hematoma.
Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s private doctor, will perform the surgery at Clinica Olivos in Buenos Aires province on Tuesday.
“We took the MRI a month ago and everything is fine,”; Luque said. “We did the same research and we saw the subdural hematoma. These kinds of injuries are difficult to detect, I don’t know if it was hit or fell.
“This is a routine surgery [Argentina’s] Vice president [Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner] experienced. The whole scene has not changed, he continues to make the same clinical diagnosis but now we have more specific diagnosis.
“He’s awake, he understands and he agrees on the surgery. He’s not sad,” he said.
Maradona managed first-class team Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata but has been sidelined from team training as a precaution to avoid the risk of getting COVID-19 as he is considered to be in the risk group.
Maradona, who celebrated his 60th birthday last Friday, was present in Gimnasia’s 3-0 win over Patronato before leaving at the kick-off.
He led Argentina to the World Cup and is considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all time.
Since the end of his playing career in 1997, former Napoli stars Barcelona and Boca Juniors have faced a host of health problems. He was hospitalized in January 2019 with hemorrhage in the stomach. He was also ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was pictured fainting in the executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria match.
In 2004, he was hospitalized with severe heart and respiratory problems associated with a long battle with drug addiction. He underwent two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and also received treatment for alcohol abuse.