Maradona's hospitalization came shortly after it was announced that he would continue as Dorados' coach in Mexico.

By Emily Caron
January 04, 2019

On Friday, Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona was reportedly admitted to hospital suffering internal stomach bleeding. The 58-year-old former World Cup winner underwent an endoscopy to investigate the issue further, Mardona's lawyer confirmed the news to The Independent.

Journalist Jorge Rial tweeted earlier that Maradona had returned to his native Argentina for a routine check-up in Buenos Aires, where the issue was noticed.

Later that day, however, Reuters announced Maradona had left the hospital and was released.

On Saturday, the Argentinian posted on Instagram a note of gratitude to his followers.

"I want to thank you for the messages of encouragement," he wrote.

"I'm sorry to have worried you for no reason. I want to tell you that nothing happened, that I'm fine."

"Today, I am looking after my grandchildren Benja, Dieguito Matias, and my son Diego Fernando.

"I send you all a kiss!"

 

The news comes shortly after it was announced that Maradona will stay on as the coach of Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa for the whole season, his agent Matias Morla wrote on Twitter Friday.

The team announced that Maradona will miss Dorados' next match, and their first game of the season, due to medical reasons but did not disclose anything further. Dorados will play Celaya on Sunday.

Maradona took over at Dorados' side in September and took the team to the playoffs where it was beaten by Atletico San Luis in the final. Maradona then had a confrontation with fans after the second leg, for which he was suspended after arguing during the first leg.

Assistant Jose Maria Martinez will serve as the interim coach, according to the team's announcement.

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