Maradona self-isolating at home due to COVID-19 risk - report

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FILE PHOTO: Argentina - Diego Maradona unveiled as new Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata coach
FILE PHOTO: Argentina - Diego Maradona unveiled as new Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata coach

(Reuters) - Argentina soccer great Diego Maradona is self-isolating after one of his bodyguards displayed symptoms of COVID-19, the country's state-run news agency Telam reported on Tuesday.

Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, began isolating at his home in Argentina on Tuesday after last coming in contact with the guard on the weekend.

The 59-year-old is not displaying symptoms and will do a COVID-19 screening on Thursday, local media reported.

Earlier this month, Maradona had tested negative for COVID-19 after coming in contact with one of his players who had contracted the virus.

Maradona is currently the coach of Argentine top division side Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, who are scheduled to play Patronato on Friday.

He has suffered a string of health issues in recent years and remains at high risk of the coronavirus complications should he be infected.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill)