Argentine football legend Diego Maradona is in “excellent” condition following surgery for a blood clot in the brain, his lawyer has confirmed.
The operation, after the 60-year-old was admitted to hospital a day earlier, was to address the clot, often caused by a head injury, and which can put undue pressure on the brain.
The surgery was revealed to be a “success” with Matias Morla confirming his client is doing well.
“The last medical report was excellent,” he said. “Let’s stay strong and we’ll get through this.”
There were suggestions he could now head to Venezuela or Cuba to recover having previously expressed his fondness for the two nations.
He spent several years in Cuba undergoing drug rehabilitation at the start of the century.
But Morla said the former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors player would complete his recuperation in Argentina, where he is coach of first division side Gimnasia y Esgrima.
“Diego loves Cuba, yesterday I spoke with Fidel Castro’s son,” Morla said as he left the clinic where Maradona was operated on for a subdural haematoma, a blood clot on the brain, on Tuesday.
“Venezuela, as well as Cuba, are friendly nations for Diego… but Diego’s head is with Gimnasia.”
Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to his extravagant lifestyle.
Dozens of Gimnasia fans have converged on the hospital since Monday evening, waving flags and holding posters with messages of support as they waited for news.