Diego Maradona will undergo brain surgery following his admission to hospital, according to reports in Argentina.
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, currently the manager of Gimnasia LP, was admitted and coronavirus was immediately ruled out as a cause for his illness.
Now, amid much rumour and conjecture, TYC Sports have stated that Maradona will undergo surgery on a blood clot on his brain.
They declare that a subdural hemetoma was detected during a CT scan on Tuesday, and he will undergo surgery.
Maradona had been 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.
His daughter Gianinna responded to the video, declaring: “It tears my soul apart.”
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Maradona’s personal physician had earlier said that he 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.”
“Because he sees himself better, he wants to leave,” Luque said.
“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.”
Fans of Gimnasia have already flocked to the hospital to pay tribute to Maradona.
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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