Recovering Pele will know his discharge date soon: advisor

Pele intended to come out of the hospital on Saturday to return to Brazil but had been delayed by further tests.

Pele has had several health issues in recent years, starting with an infection in 2014.   -  AFP

Brazilian football legend Pele, who has been in hospital in Paris, will discover on Sunday if he will be allowed to return to Brazil on Monday, his advisor said.

“Tomorrow (Sunday), we will know. It is the doctors who will decide,” said the advisor having earlier announced on Saturday that Pele would definitely return Monday to Sao Paulo.

A date for the 78-year-old's discharge has not been officially announced by the hospital which is based in the Paris suburbs.

The three-time World Cup winner was admitted to a hospital with a urinary tract infection on Wednesday, the day after appearing at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe.

Brazilian news website G1 reported that Pele had intended to come out of the hospital on Saturday to return to Brazil but had been delayed by further tests and would stay under observation until he was 100 percent.

The infection was not serious and was under control, according to members of Pele's entourage.

“Thank you so much for all the love! The antibiotics are working,” Pele tweeted on Friday. “I'm feeling much better and I think I'm ready to play again!”

The event in Paris was originally scheduled for November but the Brazilian “was not in a position to travel”.

Plagued by health issues recently

Pele has had several health issues in recent years. A similar infection put him in intensive care in November 2014.

In 2016, Pele, who played 1,363 professional matches, scoring 1,281 goals, was unable to light the flame at the Rio Olympics because of severe pain in the hip.

“I was not physically fit to participate in the opening of the Games,” he said at the time.

In January 2018, he cancelled a trip to London fearing a “stressful” and “tiring” journey.

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