Diego Maradona stable

Updated: 16 April 2007 15:55 IST

Diego Maradona was stable and doctors said they expect the former Argentina captain to remain hospitalised for an indefinite stay.

Buenos Aires:

Diego Maradona was stable and doctors said they expect the former Argentina captain to remain hospitalised for an indefinite stay.

Maradona, who was rushed to a private clinic on Friday with strong abdominal pains, was "clinically stable" and being treated by doctors, psychiatrists and nutritionists, according to a medical bulletin issued at the Los Arcos Sanatorium.

The hospitalisation was the second since the 47-year-old Maradona was rushed to another clinic on March 28 and treated for nearly two weeks for a bout of hepatitis blamed on alcohol abuse.

Doctors said Maradona's health problems were also caused by excessive eating and smoking that had swelled his waistline.

Released on Wednesday, he was out less than 78 hours before he had to be re-hospitalised.

"There are some alterations in his laboratory tests that require ongoing hospitalisation," said the clinic statement, without specifying what ailed the former Argentina striker.

The statement also gave no indication how long Maradona would remain in the clinic.

Revered in Argentina, Maradona led his country to the 1986 World Cup title and the final in 1990 before retiring in 1997.

But since retirement, he has had eight hospitalisations.

Maradona was near death during hospitalisations in 2000 and 2004 blamed on cocaine addiction, which his doctors say he surmounted.

Cocaine was not involved in his current health problems, they said.

Topics : Football
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