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Maradona undergoes successful brain surgery on blood clot

Fans of Gimnasia y Esgrima hung flags of Diego Maradona outside the clinic in La Plata, where the club is based and the football star was receiving treatment. - AFP
Fans of Gimnasia y Esgrima hung flags of Diego Maradona outside the clinic in La Plata, where the club is based and the football star was receiving treatment. - AFP

Buenos Aires, Wednesday: Argentine football great Diego Maradona underwent successful brain surgery for a blood clot in a specialist private clinic in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, his doctor said.

“We managed to successfully remove the clot. Diego coped well with the surgery,” Leopoldo Luque said at the icon’s private clinic in the capital Buenos Aires.

“It’s under control, there’s a little drainage (of blood). He’ll remain under observation.”

World Cup winner Maradona had been taken to hospital in La Plata -- where he is the coach of top-flight side Gimnasia y Esgrima -- on Monday for a series of tests after feeling unwell.

A scan revealed the blood clot, and on Tuesday he was transferred to the specialist clinic in a northern neighborhood of the capital.

Maradona, who turned 60 on Friday, has suffered ill health before.

He has survived two heart attacks, and also contracted hepatitis and undergone gastric bypass surgery.

Groups of fans congregated outside the clinic with banners showing Maradona’s face and the words “Come on, Diego!”

- AFP