Maradona has emergency surgery after dog bite
Wed - March 31, 2010
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- 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 the 49-year Maradona had reconstructive surgery to repair an injury to his upper lip after he was bitten. He was expected to be discharged later Tuesday.
Official news agency Telam reported Maradona was in good condition, citing associates of the coach.
Argentine news reports said Maradona was playing with his Shar Pei when it bit him at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
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.