Diego Maradona’s son has been hospitalised after suffering complications from coronavirus.
Diego Armando Maradona Sinagra revealed earlier this month he had been forced to postpone his trip to Argentina so he could visit his soccer legend, dad, in hospital following his brain blood clot op.
Today it emerged the 34-year-old, born from his father’s extra-marital affair with an Italian model Cristiana Sinagra, was facing his own health crisis.
Maradona, who has posed for a photo with seven-year-old son Diego Fernando, is being kept up-to-date with his progress.
Diego Jr’s condition is said to have improved in the last few hours but he remains in Cotugno Hospital in Naples.
Argentinian media say he was admitted to hospital on Thursday, 24 hours after his 60-year-old father left private Olivos Clinic on the outskirts of Buenos Aires to continue his recovery on a gated residential estate near the home of daughter Gianinna.
Diego Jr revealed in an Instagram post on November 5 alongside a photo with his wife Nunzia Pennino: “Today the results of the swab my wife and I did come back.
“Unfortunately we tested positive for Covid-19. We both have symptoms and are wishing this finishes as soon as possible. Take care please.”
Maradona did not publicly recognise Diego Jr as his son until August 2016 during an emotional reunion at his home in Buenos Aires when he agreed to pose for pictures for press photographers camped outside. They now speak regularly and meet as often as they can.
Speaking ahead of the emotional first meeting with his dad after Maradona publicly recognised him, the then-29-year-old said: “We’ve spoken on the phone and exchanged WhatsApp messages and now we’re in contact I’m hoping we can meet soon.
“I’m keeping to myself what the messages say because they’re personal things that will stay in my heart.
“Hugging my dad would be the most beautiful feeling in the world.
“What my mum has told me is that she got to know a very special person who loved her a lot and looked after her.
“Afterwards things happen in life, we were separated for nearly 30 years and God willing we can meet as soon as possible
“My dream one day is to sit down with my siblings at the same table and be able to eat as a family.”
Maradona is recovering at a house in one of the neighbourhoods that make up the exclusive Nordelta area close to the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.
The property is close to the home of Gianinna Maradona, one of the two daughters he had with his ex-wife Claudia Villafane.
He is under the watch of medical experts 24/7 and was sent a get well soon message from Lionel Messi.
His visitors since his release have included youngest son Diego Fernando, whose mum posted a touching photo on social media of the former footballer alongside the youngster and a message saying: “I missed you a lot daddy.”