Hospitalized since February 13 for chemotherapy, Pelé will have to extend his stay due to a urinary tract infection, the Albert-Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo said on Monday.

The 81-year-old former footballer, three-time World Cup winner with Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970), was admitted to continue treatment for a colon tumor detected last September.

The urinary tract infection was detected during routine examinations.

"Clinical conditions are stable and he is expected to be discharged from hospital in the coming days," the facility said in a statement.

On September 4, Pelé had been operated on in the same hospital to remove a colon tumor detected during routine examinations.

He then stayed ten days in an intensive care unit, before returning briefly a few days later due to breathing difficulties.

He had again been hospitalized for two weeks in December for chemotherapy.

Fragile health for several years

The health of the mythical number 10 of the Seleçao has been fragile in recent years, with several hospitalizations.

In 2019, he was hospitalized in Paris and then transferred to Sao Paulo for kidney stones.

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