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Argentina legend Diego Maradona recovering after successful brain surgery, personal doctor confirms

07:44 GMT 04/11/2020
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The former Albiceleste forward underwent an operation for a subdural haematoma this week

Diego Maradona's brain surgery was a success and the Argentina great is recovering, according to his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque.

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata head coach Maradona, 60, underwent a "routine" operation for a subdural haematoma on Tuesday.

The former Argentina and Napoli superstar was admitted to Ipensa clinic in La Plata on Monday due to concerns over anaemia and dehydration, before being transferred to Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires province.

"I was able to evacuate the hematoma successfully and Diego tolerated the surgery very well," Luque told reporters following the emergency procedure.

"Diego is under control. He has a small drain [to remove fluid] that we are planning to take out tomorrow. His stay at the hospital will depend on his evolution.

"But the start of his recovery was great. The way he reacted after the surgery is promising."

Later in the day, Maradona's lawyer, Matias Morla, also provided an update on his client.

“I've just talked with the clinic authorities,” the representative said. “Diego is okay and continues his recovery. Detecting the haematoma on time was decisive and it happened because of the medical team's professionalism and the studies they decided to conduct.

“Yesterday, Diego was very anxious about what was going to happen. In September, he underwent the same haematoma test and nothing appeared then. If this hadn't been detected on time, Diego's destiny would've been a different one.”

Regarding separate health issues, Morla added: “Maradona has clinically diagnosed depression. A psychologist had warned about emotions issues linked with his birthday and the pandemic. In the last few days he has been in an odd mood, very depressed.

“He misses his mother a lot and that gets worse around his birthday. When we saw things taking a turn for the worse, we decided to check him into the clinic and we found the haematoma.”

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and guided Napoli to two Serie A titles, has been in charge of Superliga Argentina club Gimnasia since 2019.

The Argentine icon has suffered a number of health issues since retiring from football, twice undergoing gastric bypass surgery after becoming dangerously overweight, and falling ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.