June 12, 2016

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) Bolivian President Evo Morales was released from a hospital Sunday after knee surgery to correct a soccer injury.

Dr. Gaston Cornejo said the president has responded well and with physical therapy should be able to play again in six months. He spoke from Morales' hospital bed, in comments that were transmitted by state television.

Morales ruptured ligaments in his left knee during a game of indoor soccer marking the inauguration of a sporting complex financed by his government in a city near La Paz.

State TV showed the 56-year-old leader joking with journalists, his leg bandaged and immobilized.

Morales said he would focus on making a quick recovery and vowed to follow his doctors' orders.

The operation was performed Wednesday at a private clinic in the central city of Cochabamba.

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