World football icon Diego Maradona has been admitted to hospital in Argentina with undisclosed health problems although it is not related to Covid-19.
Maradona was reportedly taken to the Ipensa clinic in La Plata, about an hour from Buenos Aires where he is currently coach of the local club, Gimnasia y Esgrima.
The reports said the 60-year-old was admitted to hospital to undergo tests as he had been feeling poorly for some time and will be held under observation for several days.
One of Argentina’s biggest sports websites, The Ole.com.ar, said it was not an emergency and was not related to Covid-19 as he had tested negative in recent days.
His doctor Leopoldo Luque told journalists that Maradona had been feeling unwell for some time and will be held under observation for at least three days.
“He is not well psychologically and that has an impact on his physical well-being,” Luque said.
“He’s not as well as I would like and as well as I know he can be. He needs help, this is the time to help him.
“Diego is a person who is sometimes excellent and sometimes not so much. He could be 10,000 times better and bringing him here helps him,” he said.
Maradona last appeared in public on his 60th birthday last Friday before his side’s league match against Patronato.
The former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors player has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that accompanied and followed his playing career.
He was admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach.
He also fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box at the Argentina v Nigeria game.
In 2004 Maradona was taken to Hospital with severe heart and respiratory problems linked to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.
In 2007 he checked himself into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems.
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