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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 March, 2005, 04:37 GMT
Maradona has surgery on stomach
Diego Maradona
Maradona has put on weight in recent years
Argentine legend Diego Maradona has successfully undergone stomach surgery at a clinic in Cartagena, Colombia.

The surgery, known as a gastric by-pass, lasted two hours. It reduces the stomach's capacity to hold food.

Maradona's weight is said to have reached almost 20st as he continues to fight against health problems.

The 44-year-old's surgeon says Maradona will be put on a liquid diet for three months, with the target of returning to his normal weight of 11st in 18 months.

Maradona has spent much of the past four years in various hospitals and institutions to try to cure his cocaine addiction and other health ailments.

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