Doctor says Diego Maradona doing well after surgery

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A soccer fan stands behind a banner featuring former soccer star Diego Maradona and Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, outside the Clinica Olivos, where Maradona will undergo surgery, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. His personal doctor Leopoldo Luque, who is a neurologist, said Maradona has suffered a subdural hematoma, likely caused by an accident. The 1986 World Cup champion was admitted to a private hospital in la Plata with signs of depression on Monday, three days after his 60th birthday. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

BUENOS AIRES – Diego Maradona was recovering Wednesday after an operation for bleeding in his skull, his personal doctor said.

Maradona had a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain, said Dr. Leopoldo Luque, a neurologist who performed Tuesday’s operation.

“He has no type of complication associated with the operation," said Luque, who described the postoperative developments as “excellent.”

Luque said the problem likely was caused by an accident, but Maradona said he doesn’t remember the event.

Luque was cautious about when Maradona might be able to leave intensive care at the private clinic in La Plata on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, saying that progress was “day to day.”

But he said Maradona “laughed and grabbed my hand” when he removed a drain.

Maradona, the star of Argentina's 1986 World Cup champions, turned 60 last week. He was hospitalized on Monday for reported dehydration, anemia and depression. Friends said he had not wanted to eat.

Best wishes flowed in from all sides for the country's most honored soccer player.