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Diego Maradona to undergo immediate brain surgery to remove blood clot

Mirror logo Mirror 03/11/2020 Alex Richards

Diego Maradona will undergo brain surgery following his admission to hospital.

The iconic Argentine was taken to a hospital in La Plata - about an hour and half drive away from the capital Buenas Aires - on Monday, just days after turning 60.

Maradona, the Barcelona and Napoli great, currently the manager of Gimnasia LP, was admitted and coronavirus was immediately ruled out as a cause for his illness.

Now as first reported by TYC Sports, Maradona will undergo surgery on a blood clot on his brain.

A subdural hemetoma was detected during a CT scan on Tuesday, and he will undergo surgery.

"He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention," said his personal physician Leopoldo Luque.

Fans outside the hotel on Monday waving a Maradona flag © Demian Alday Estevez/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Fans outside the hotel on Monday waving a Maradona flag

Maradona is being transferred to a clinic in Olivos for the procedure, which could last for up to six hours.

Maradona had last been seen publicly in attendance for Gimnasia's fixture against Patronato on Friday night.

But a fan video showed the 1986 World Cup winner struggling as he had to be helped out the ground.


Video: Argentina soccer great Maradona in recovery after successful brain surgery (Reuters)

His daughter Gianinna responded to the video, declaring: "It tears my soul apart.”

a sign in front of a building: Maradona supporters outside the Ipensa clinic © AFP via Getty Images Maradona supporters outside the Ipensa clinic

Luque had earlier said that Maradona was suffering from anemia and dehydration but had been showing signs of improvement.

Speaking to reporters outside the Ipensa clinic, Leopoldo Luque declared: “He is much better than yesterday, and he is looking forward to leaving. I would like him to stay one more day.

“He is anemic, a little dehydrated, we must correct this and see that he continues to improve.

"We want to improve his condition as much as possible, and we need a little more time for that."

Fans of Gimnasia have already flocked to the hospital to pay tribute to Maradona.

Luque also added: "Because he sees himself better, he wants to leave.

"I asked him to hang on. He had a good night and is in a good mood. We were joking around and we walked a bit inside the clinic. He's evolving as we expected."

Maradona has had a number of health scares over the years.

In 2005 he underwent gastric bypass surgery to help in his battle with weight, before undergoing the same procedure again in 2015.

He was also admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach.

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