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Pele in hospital after surgery to relieve nerve in his spine





Former Brazil striker Pele remains in hospital in Sao Paulo after undergoing successful back surgery.

The 74-year-old was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital on Monday ahead of surgery which eased painful pressure on a nerve in his spinal column.

A statement from the hospital on Saturday read: "The surgery took place on July 14 (Tuesday) without complications, and the recovery period is progressing normally."

Pele underwent an operation on an enlarged prostate at the same hospital in May and was also treated there for a urinary tract infection which stemmed from a kidney-stone removal in November.

The three-time World Cup winner only has one kidney, having had one removed towards the end of his playing career.