Football: Pele making ‘satisfactory progress’ after operation

Brazilian football great Pele is recovering well after undergoing surgery to remove a kidney stone, doctors said on Sunday.

But the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo gave no indication of when the 78-year-old would be discharged following Saturday’s operation.

“The patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento [Pele] is clinically well and has presented satisfactory progress in the postoperative period, with no complications,” the hospital said in a statement.

Pele was admitted to a hospital in France on April 2 after falling ill during an event with Paris Saint-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe.

He was allowed to travel back to Brazil last Monday but was immediately taken to the Albert Einstein hospital upon his arrival in Sao Paulo.

Regarded by many as the greatest footballer in history, Pele is the only player to win the World Cup three times, having helped Brazil to glory in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Since 2012 he has been struck down by poor health, having undergone operations for back and hip problems as well as a previous kidney infection.