Vasco da Gama's Ricardo Gomes improving after emergency head surgery

The 46-year-old is now in a stable condition after suffering a stroke during a league game last week and has made significant progress since his operation
The health of Vasco da Gama coach Ricardo Gomes has improved significantly after he underwent a head surgery last Sunday.

The former Brazil international defender was brought out of an induced coma on Wednesday where he had been since August 28 after suffering a stroke during the second half of his club's goalless draw with Flamengo, and his medical team are optimistic about his recovery.

Doctors at the Hospital Pasteur in Rio de Janeiro have revealed that Gomes has begun to open his eyes and move his arms and legs and that he is expected to remain in intensive care for three more days.

However, caution is still being taken as visits are restricted to members of the family only while Gomes continues to be aided by a breathing apparatus.

Gomes, who already suffered a minor stroke last year, enjoyed a prosperous career both as a player and as a coach. After featuring 45 times for Brazil as a defender, he managed the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bordeaux, Sao Paulo and Vasco, who won their first ever Copa do Brasil earlier this year under Gomes.