Argentine great Diego Maradona released from hospital after brain surgery

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Diego Maradona was released from hospital on Wednesday, eight days after undergoing brain surgery.

The Argentine legend had stayed behind in the private Olivos clinic in Buenos Aires after undergoing an operation to remove a subdural hematoma, a blood clot in his brain.

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Maradona, who is in charge of Argentina's first division team Gimnasia y La Plata, suffered “episodes of confusion” related to alcohol dependence withdrawal symptoms while recovering from an operation.

Maradona, 60, will continue to receive treatment and be monitored.

“Diego is collected and eager to rehabilitate himself,” Maradona's lawyer Matias Morla said on Wednesday.

“What he needs now is for his family to be united and surrounded by healthcare professionals.”

Maradona's personal doctor Leopoldo Luque, who performed the operation, said the hematoma was likely caused by an accident, although the former Naples, Barcelona and Boca Juniors star cannot recall the event. .

Luque is optimistic that Maradona can recover.

“He is progressing favorably with regard to the surgery and the withdrawal symptoms,” Luque said.

“He's a patient who lives in extremes and whenever he wants to stop doing what hurts him, he will. He is not a heavy drinker because of his history and the medications he takes.

“The problem of lack of sleep is one of Diego's problems.”

The Maradona club have been supportive of Maradona. And Luque does not exclude that Maradona returns to training.

“If you asked me, I would say that no one should have their job taken away, especially if it's their passion and gives it a meaning of life,” he said . “I think on a pitch that's where Diego is under the least pressure.”

Since the end of his playing career in 1997, Maradona has struggled with a series of health issues. He was admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal stomach bleeding. He also fell ill during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box during the Argentina-Nigeria game.

In 2004, he was hospitalized with serious heart and respiratory problems linked to a long battle with drug addiction. Maradona had two gastric bypass surgery to control her weight and also received treatment for alcohol abuse.

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