Diego Maradona set to leave hospital as lawyer claims it's a 'miracle' the legend is alive

DIEGO MARADONA'S lawyer has said it is a “miracle” the football legend is alive and confirmed he will leave hospital later today.

The former footballer’s medics had played down the subdural haematoma detected last week during a CT scan after Diego was admitted to a private clinic, describing the surgery he underwent as 'routine'.

But Matias Morla painted a more dramatic picture of the 60-year-old’s health scare after visiting the former Napoli and Barcelona star.

He said as he left the private Olivos Clinic on the outskirts of Buenos Aires: “Diego experienced perhaps the most difficult moment of his life.

“I think the fact the brain bleed was discovered when it was is a miracle because it could have cost him his life.”

Confirming Maradona was scheduled to leave the clinic in the next few hours so he can continue to be treated for other conditions thought to include his alcohol dependency, he added: “Diego’s in good shape and keen to rehabilitate himself with regards to other problems he has.

“He’s due to leave hospital today but we don’t know exactly when.”

Maradona, who turned 60 on November 30, was originally expected to continue his recovery at his new four-bed home on a gated estate a short drive from the training ground of the top-flight Argentinian side he now manages.

But in the past 48 hours it emerged he would be moved to a house in one of the neighbourhoods that make up the exclusive Nordelta area close to the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.

The property is close to the home of Gianinna Maradona, one of the two daughters he had with his ex-wife Claudia Villafane.

Local reports said he will be under the watch of medical experts 24/7.

He is expected to return to work with Gimnasia y Esgrima, the team he manages based in La Plata, sometime next month.

The football legend was expected to leave hospital at the end of last week, but was kept in after one if his doctors revealed he had been suffering 'episodes of confusion' linked to alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Maradona's ex-girlfriend insisted shortly before his subdural haematoma was discovered that he needed urgent treatment for his 'real problem' – alcohol addiction.

Rocio Oliva spent six years with the recovering drug addict and came close to marrying him before their split at the end of 2018.

And she told an Argentinian radio station: “What’s happening here is simple.

"You can keep him in hospital three or four days and get him better by hydrating him and giving him vitamins but that’s not the solution.

He needs to be treated for alcohol addiction

“Diego takes sleeping pills, but here Diego’s problem is alcohol and it’s well known.

“Diego is still drinking and whoever says he isn’t is a liar.

“He needs to be treated for his alcohol addiction.”

Gianinna Maradona posted an emotional tweet earlier this week alongside a photo of her dad pulling her towards him as toddler.

She urged the former footballer-turned-manager: “You’re not alone in this rain, don’t give up please.

“You must stay strong right now to resist disappointment and keep your mind and soul open. I’m by your side.”

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