Diego Maradona to have surgical procedure on blood clot on mind

Diego Maradona (center) took part in an Argentine top game to celebrate his 60th birthday on Friday

Argentine legend Diego Maradona is said to undergo “routine surgery” on a blood clot in his brain, his doctor said.

The 60-year-old world champion from 1986 was admitted to the Ipensa Clinic in Buenos Aires on Monday. He suffered from anemia and dehydration.

Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s personal physician, said the operation would take place later on Tuesday.

“He’s clear, he understands, he agrees to the intervention,” Luque told reporters.

Maradona has been transferred to the Olivos Clinic in La Plata, where he will be operated on at 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. GMT) by Luque, a neurosurgeon.

Maradona now trains Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top division.

He attended the team’s game against Patronato on Friday, his 60th birthday.

Gimnasia y Esgrima supporters have gathered outside the hospital and delivered messages of support for the former Argentine striker.

His former club Napoli, whom he helped with two Serie A titles, tweeted a message of support.

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