Diego Maradona recovering after operation for stomach bleeding
Last Updated: 13/01/19 9:35am
Argentina's World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona is recovering in hospital after successfully undergoing a routine operation for stomach bleeding.
The 58-year old former Boca Juniors and Napoli player discovered the problem in early January during a check-up at a hospital in Olivos, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Saturday's operation, to stem bleeding caused by a hernia, was not complicated but aimed to resolve what one source told Reuters were "inconveniences" caused by the issue.
"Diego Maradona's surgical procedure is over," his lawyer Matias Morla said on Twitter. "Thank God everything went perfectly."
Maradona has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that helped make him one of the most admired players of the 20th century.
He last fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he fainted in an executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria game.
Doctors discovered the bleeding shortly before Maradona was due to fly to Mexico, where he is coach of second division side Dorados de Sinaloa.
Morla said he would return to lead the club for a second season as soon as his recuperation was complete.
"Now we wait for the recovery so Diego can return to work as soon as possible," added Morla.