Prime Sports, International (Buenos Aires), November 4:- Argentine football great Diego Maradona will undergo brain surgery for a blood clot in Buenos Aires, his personal doctor said.
“I will operate on him. It’s a routine operation, he’s lucid,” said Leopoldo Luque.
World Cup winner Maradona, 60, was taken to hospital on Monday for a series of tests after feeling unwell.
A scan revealed the blood clot, which Argentine media are speculating was the result of a blow to the head.
Earlier in the day, Luque claimed Maradona was feeling “much better and eager to leave” hospital but insisted that the Gimnasia Y Esgrima coach was suffering from anaemia — a lack of iron in his system — and dehydration.
Luque said it has left him feeling “very weak, very tired.” After further tests, he was diagnosed with the blood clot.
He is due to be transferred from a hospital in La Plata, 60 kilometres south of Buenos Aires, to a specialist clinic in the capital.
Luque had earlier suggested Maradona’s lifestyle had contributed to his condition.
“He’s an elderly patient with many pressures in his life. It’s a time when we must help him. It’s very difficult to be Maradona,” Luque said of the star, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday.
The doctor ruled out any link to the coronavirus pandemic, which is ravaging the South American country, much of it still under confinement.
Maradona, who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse and poor health, is considered at high risk of coronavirus complications should he be infected.
Last week he began self-isolation for the second time after a bodyguard displayed coronavirus symptoms, though he later tested negative. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).