Diego Maradona who has turned 60 on Friday, was admitted to a clinic in the city of La Plata, as his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque says. Luque ruled out that Maradona, who is currently the head coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, is suffering from Covid-19 or a respiratory problem and clarified that he willingly was admitted for a general check-up according to CNN.
The reports said that Maradona underwent tests, but didn’t reveal his condition nor the reason he needed to seek urgent medical attention.
local outlet, La Nacion, reported that while it “is not an emergency situation,” Maradona and his doctor, neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, agreed that he required inpatient care. It also suggested that Maradona, who has suffered from health problems in the past, would be moved to a long-term care facility in the nearby capital of Buenos Aires. Maradona was not infected with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, that report added.
After news broke, Telemundo’s Andres Cantor tweeted that Maradona had not suffered from a stroke, as some had speculated, but that his issue was “due to his alcohol problems.”
“Diego Maradona did not have a stroke. He was hospitalized by the recommendation of his personal physician to stabilize him due to his alcohol problems, his emotional state and all his health issues that are complicating his well-being. He will remain in the hospital for 3-5 days,” Cantor tweeted.