Argentina’s World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona was recovering in hospital on Saturday after successfully undergoing a routine operation for stomach bleeding, his lawyer said.
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.