Argentine football legend Diego Maradona underwent successful brain surgery for a subcutaneous hematoma on Tuesday after being hospitalized the day before.
Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s neurosurgeon and private physician, told reporters outside the Olivos clinic in Buenos Aires province, where dozens of fans gathered.
“Diego is under control. He has a small hole [to remove fluid] that we plan to release tomorrow. His stay in hospital will depend on his progression. But the start of his recovery was amazing. The way he reacts after the surgery is promising, “Luque added, saying it took about 80 minutes.
Maradona was admitted to Ipensa hospital in La Plata on Monday with anemia, dehydration and depression. On Tuesday morning, the MRI showed a subdural hematoma.
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 because he is considered to be in the risk group.
Maradona, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday, was present in Gimnasia’s 3-0 win over Patronato before leaving at the start-up.
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.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.