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Diego Maradona will undergo surgery for a blood clot on the brain, his personal doctor said yesterday after he was admitted to hospital a day earlier.

The operation was expected to be carried out last night to address the pool of blood, often caused by a head injury, that can put pressure on the brain.

Leopoldo Luque, Maradona's personal physician, said the procedure was a "routine surgery".

"We are going to operate today. He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention," he said.

Luque added that he will be transferred to Olivos Clinic in Buenos Aires province.

Maradona (60) was admitted to the Ipensa clinic in La Plata on Monday for anaemia and dehydration after exhibiting "signs of depression".

The star, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, coaches La Plata club Gimnasia y Esgrima.

Fans

He last appeared in public on his 60th birthday last Friday before his side's league match against Patronato.

Dozens of fans have gathered outside the hospital since Monday, waving flags and holding posters with messages of support.

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