Argentina legend Diego Maradona is "okay" and due to be discharged from hospital soon according to his daughter, following reports he had suffered stomach bleeding.
Diego Maradona's daughter has denied speculation the Argentina legend was hospitalised in a serious condition. Fears mounted regarding Maradona's health on Friday, following reports the 58-year-old was being treated for gastrointestinal bleeding in his native Buenos Aires.
A todos los que realmente estan preocupados por mi papá les cuento que está bien, que Giani está ahí con él y que en un rato se va para su casa! Les publicaría la foto que me mandaron pero no es mi estilo publicar todo!— Dalma Maradona (@dalmaradona) January 4, 2019
However, Dalma Maradona responded to the claims on Twitter – dismissing them in one post as "nonsense" – and offered assurances that her father would be on his way home soon following routine medical checks. In a reply to Argentinian journalist Ángel de Brito claiming the ex-Napoli and Barcelona forward was being kept at Clinica Olivos due to stomach bleeding, Dalma Maradona wrote: "You are saying things that are wrong! I do not know who has given you the info but it is serious, when it is something about health, that you say something that is not [true]!"
She added: "To all those who are really worried about my dad, I can tell you that he's fine; Gianni [another of Maradona's daughters] is there with him and that he'll be going home soon. I would publish the photo they sent me but it is not my style to publish everything."
Earlier on Friday, it was confirmed Maradona would stay on as coach of Mexican second-tier side Dorados. As reports emerged over his possible health scare, Dorados issued a statement saying his "registration as coach [for the Clausura 2019 season] was made on time" before adding "the club have requested, for medical reasons, that the coach shows up in the near future".
The 1986 World Cup hero has used a walking stick at Dorados games this season due to his struggles with arthritis and there were also concerns over his health when he was pictured being treated by paramedics following Argentina's win over Nigeria in St Petersburg at last year's World Cup.