'Doing well': Diego Maradona surgery update delights fans

Australian Associated Press
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Diego Maradona (pictured) coaching his football team.
Diego Maradona (pictured) is set to be discharged from hospital in the coming days after surgery was successful. (Getty Images)

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona is recovering well from a brain operation and post-surgery complications and should be discharged over the next couple of days.

"Diego wants to go home and we are evaluating his discharge," physician Leopoldo Luque told reporters outside the hospital where the 60-year old Maradona was operated on last week for a blood clot on the brain.

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"We'll talk about where he goes later but for now we know that Diego is doing very well."

Earlier, Leopoldo Luque said the procedure was a "routine surgery".

"We are going to operate today. He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention," Luque said.

Maradona to be discharged within days

The former Barcelona, Napoli and Boca Juniors player was kept in over the weekend suffering from withdrawal symptoms caused by alcohol dependency but Luque said he would likely be discharged either "tomorrow or the next day."

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, coaches local club Gimnasia y Esgrima.

Messages of support are seen outside the private clinic where Argentine former football star and coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata Diego Maradona underwent a brain surgery for a blood clot.
Messages of support are seen outside the private clinic where Argentine former football star and coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata Diego Maradona underwent a brain surgery for a blood clot. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Getty Images)

He last appeared in public on his 60th birthday last Friday before his side's league match against Patronato.

Maradona has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to his extravagant lifestyle.

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