Maradona "very well," release from hospital being evaluated -doctor

SHOWS:

OLIVOS, BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE, ARGENTINA (NOVEMBER 09, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

1. EXTERIOR OF THE HOSPITAL WHERE ARGENTINE SOCCER LEGEND, DIEGO MARADONA, IS RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

2. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ENTERING HOSPITAL, HAVING THEIR TEMPERATURE CHECKED

3. DIEGO MARADONA'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN, DR. LEOPOLDO LUQUE, ARRIVING ON MOTORCYCLE

4. LUQUE ENTERING HOSPITAL

5. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIEGO MARADONA'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN, DR. LEOPOLDO LUQUE, SAYING:

"Diego (Maradona) is excited to leave (hospital) and we're evaluating his release. We have to look at different clinical parameters, but the truth is that his evolution is very, very good. [JOURNALIST ASKS: Where would Maradona go?] We'll discuss those questions at the appropriate time, but what we know now is that Diego is very well, and he really wants to leave."

6. VARIOUS OF HOSPITAL EXTERIOR

7. VARIOUS OF PERSON SEEN LOOKING OUT HOSPITAL WINDOW

8. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIEGO MARADONA'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN, DR. LEOPOLDO LUQUE, SAYING:

"I also want to clear up the COVID issue. The truth is that there is COVID everywhere. There's nothing here that there isn't in any other place, and they follow the protocols and care to perfection."

9. DIEGO MARADONA'S DAUGHTER, DALMA MARADONA, ARRIVING AT HOSPITAL

10. POSTERS AND SIGNS EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR MARADONA AT HOSPITAL

11. PERSON REMOVES SIGN FROM WALL

12. IMAGE OF MARADONA ON SIGN

STORY: Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona is recovering "very well" after brain surgery and his release from hospital is being evaluated his personal physician, Leopoldo Luque, said on Monday (November 9).

Maradona's personal physician said the former soccer player's evolution was "very, very good."

The 60-year-old was taken into hospital on Tuesday (November 2) and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma, a blood clot on the brain.

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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LEOPOLDO LUQUE: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

JOURNALIST: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

LEOPOLDO LUQUE: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

LEOPOLDO LUQUE: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

WOMAN: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

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