Soccer Legend Pele To Undergo Back Surgery Next Week
FILE – In this March 20, 2015, file photo, Brazilian smiles during a media opportunity at a restaurant in London. A Brazilian hospital says is hospitalized in . Mirtes Bogea, a press officer for the , said Saturday, July 18, 2015 she could only confirm Pele’s hospitalization. She said she was not allowed to say when he was hospitalized or why. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,File)

Pele has successfully undergone for and his postoperative recovery is satisfactory, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said on Saturday.

The hospital said in a statement Pele was hospitalized on Monday, and the “previously scheduled” surgery was performed on Tuesday.

The statement did not say when 74-year-old Pele was expected to be discharged, but the UOL and G1 news portals said he would leave the hospital next week.

, Pele’s manager, said in an email that Pele “underwent elective surgery to fix discomfort in his back and hip. This is the first of two corrective procedures which will be done in over the next few months to ensure Pele is strong and healthy for the Rio Olympics and all of its related travel. Perhaps he’ll even play!”

Pele is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player.

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