Maradona has surgery after dog bites lip

BY foxsports • March 30, 2010

Argentina coach Diego Maradona underwent minor facial surgery on Tuesday after he was bitten by one of his pet dogs.

The Argentine television station TN said Maradona had reconstructive surgery to repair an injury to his upper lip after he was bitten. He was expected to be discharged later Tuesday.

An official at Los Arcos clinic, who declined to be identified, said Maradona was out of danger and in good condition. Clinic officials said a news conference would be held later in the day.

Argentine news reports said Maradona was playing with his Shar Pei when it bit him at his home in the Buenos Aries suburb of Ezeiza.

Shar Pei are often used as a guard dog, though they are known to adjust well to family situations.

Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup, will coach the Gauchos in the World Cup in South Africa. The team plays Canada on May 24 in Buenos Aries before leaving for its training headquarters in South Africa.

Regarded as one of the world's greatest players, Maradona is revered in Argentina despite problems with drug addiction, scandals and lately the poor play of the team, which struggled to qualify for the World Cup despite some of the world's top players including Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Argentina plays in Group B in South Africa with Nigeria, Greece and South Korea.

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