Maradona admitted with abdominal pain

Maradona admitted with abdominal pain

Maradona had been released from the hospital only on Tuesday after a two-week stay for alcohol abuse treatment.

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  • Last Updated: April 13, 2007, 5:13 PM IST
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Buenos Aires: Argentine football great Diego Maradona returned to hospital with abdominal pain early on Friday, two days after he was released from a two-week treatment for alcohol abuse and liver problems, radio and television reported.

"When someone has strong abdominal pain it seems prudent to me to do some primary testing and decide whether he goes home or is rehospitalised," Alfredo Cahe, Maradona's personal doctor, told Cronica television.

Maradona was released from the hospital on Tuesday after a nearly two-week stay for alcohol abuse treatment.

Maradona had suffered from alcohol-induced hepatitis and was sedated for days to help ease his withdrawal.

Known as one of the game's greatest players, Maradona, 46, has fought cocaine addiction and obesity since retiring 10 years ago.

In 2004, Maradona was hospitalised 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.

That same year, he hosted a TV talk show in Argentina after declaring himself fully recovered.

Football's governing body, FIFA, named Maradona - the former captain who led Argentina to a World Cup victory in 1986 - and Brazil's Pele the two greatest players of the 20th century.

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