Diego is very difficult, wants to leave but he’s going to stay, says Maradona's doctor

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Diego Maradona, who turned 60 last week, was taken into hospital on Tuesday and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma, a blood clot on the brain.

Diego Maradona is considered one of the greatest football players of all time (Reuters Photo)

Diego Maradona is considered one of the greatest football players of all time (Reuters Photo)

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"Diego Maradona wants to leave but he’s going to stay," his personal physician saidMaradona underwent emergency surgery emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma, a blood clot in the brainMaradona was hospitalised for reported dehydration, anemia and depression

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has been sedated to help cope with the withdrawal symptoms after his brain surgery in Buenos Aires and will remain in hospital, even though he wants to leave, his personal physician said on Friday.

“He wants to leave but he’s going to stay,” Leopoldo Luque told reporters in a short statement outside the Buenos Aires clinic were Maradona is being treated.

“This was one of the few times where Diego has been told no.”

Luque said the former Barcelona, Napoli and Boca Juniors player was being kept in after suffering some “episodes of confusion” due to enforced abstinence.

Luque did not say what Maradona was abstaining from but the Argentine has previously fought much publicised battles against drink and drug addiction.

The 60-year-old was taken into hospital on Tuesday and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma, a blood clot in the brain.

Maradona, the star of Argentina's 1986 World Cup champions, turned 60 last week. He was hospitalised for reported dehydration, anemia and depression. Friends said he had not wanted to eat.

Luque said Maradona had been “sedated to help ease the process” of withdrawal.

“Diego is very difficult, very difficult,” he said. “You can’t imagine. We are trying to be stronger than he is.”

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is considered one of the greatest players of all time, has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to his extravagant lifestyle.

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