Maradona OK and mulling choices, says doctor

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 11:37 AM IST

Buenos Aires: Maradona`s doctor said that the
Argentina coach was doing well and had not slipped back into
using drugs and alcohol since his team was eliminated from the
World Cup with a 4-0 loss to Germany in the quarterfinals.

Dr Alfredo Cahe said in a radio interview yesterday that
Maradona was mulling over his choices. Cahe was critical of
rumors spreading that the 49-year-old coach, who recently said
he has been clean for six years, was severely depressed and
using drugs and alcohol again.

"He`s a bit down, logically," Cahe said. "But he`s not
deeply depressed. Nothing like what they (the media) are
saying here, that he has slipped back into his addictions.
What a thing to say."

Maradona has been holed up at his home in suburban Buenos
Aires following the loss to Germany on July 3. He has not said
if he will continue as coach.

"As he (Maradona) says, it was a strange game," Cahe
said. "I thought I was going to find him in much worse shape,
but no. I see him being reflective. He`s not resigned to the
loss, but angry because the victory escaped him."

The Argentine Football Association has said he can
continue if he wants, with Argentina the host nation for next
year`s Copa America.

Cahe gave no hint about Maradona`s plans.

"Diego is going to give us more happiness," Cahe said.

"He is thinking about his future in football."

Regarded as the best player of his generation, Maradona
has been lambasted at home for his inability to get the most
out of a team featuring some of the world`s top players like
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Carlos Tevez (Manchester City).

Bureau Report