Maradona recovering well, Messi leads wishes for good health

While Diego Maradona's doctor confirmed his recovery was going well, he was cautious about when the Argentine legend might be able to leave intensive care.

Diego Maradona is reportedly recovering well after a surgery for a brain clot on Wednesday.   -  Getty Images

Diego Maradona has been recovering well 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 honoured football player.

"Diego, all the force in the world. My family and I want to see you well as soon as possible,"the country's most famous current player, Lionel Messi, said in a social media post accompanied by a photo of him alongside Maradona.

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"Diego, all the force in the world. My family and I want to see you well as soon as possible," the country's most famous current player, Lionel Messi, said in a social media post accompanied by a photo of him alongside Maradona.

Maradona's attorney, Matía Morla, said Argentine President Alberto Fernández, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other politicians had contacted him to ask about Maradona's health.

At a game on Friday, Maradona appeared to have trouble walking and left before the end of the first half, which raised questions about his health.

Before undergoing surgery, the former Barcelona, Napoli and Boca Juniors great reported feeling better.

Maradona has continued to cause controversy since his heyday as a player, getting sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the United States for doping and later dropping in and out of the game as a coach.

Maradona cracking jokes - personal doctor

Diego Maradona is cracking jokes as he makes an “amazing” recovery following surgery for a brain clot, his personal physician told reporters on Wednesday evening.

Leopoldo Luque, also Maradona's neurosurgeon, said the 60-year-old had “no neurological damage” and he was “amazed by his recovery” at the Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires province where he underwent the operation on Tuesday.

“Diego joked, made jokes. I'm excited, I'm happy to see him like that,” Luque told reporters as fans gathered outside to chant the name of the man who led Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup.

His comments followed a similarly optimistic assessment by Maradona's lawyer.

Matias Morla said Maradona was in “excellent” condition as he rejected speculation that he could go to Venezuela or Cuba to recuperate.

“The last medical report was excellent,” he said. “Let's stay strong and we'll get through this.”

Maradona has previously expressed his fondness for the two nations and he spent several years in Cuba undergoing drug rehabilitation at the start of this century.

But Morla said the former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors player would complete his recuperation in Argentina, where he is coach of first division side Gimnasia y Esgrima.

“Diego loves Cuba, yesterday I spoke with Fidel Castro's son,” Morla told reporters as he left the clinic where Maradona was operated on for a subdural haematoma, a blood clot on the brain, on Monday.

“Venezuela, as well as Cuba, are friendly nations for Diego... but Diego's head is with Gimnasia.”

Maradona, who is considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, has spent frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to his extravagant lifestyle.

Dozens of Gimnasia fans have converged on the hospital since Monday evening, waving flags and holding posters with messages of support as they waited for news.

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