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BC-SOC--Argentina-Scaloni Accident,1st Ld-Writethru

April 9, 2019
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has been briefly hospitalized in Spain after being injured in a bicycle accident. The Argentine soccer federation says Scaloni did not sustain serious injuries in the accident in Mallorca. He left with a bruised left eye and a few stitches on his face.

MADRID (AP) — Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni was briefly hospitalized in Spain on Tuesday after being injured in a bicycle accident.

The Argentine soccer federation said Scaloni did not sustain serious injuries in the accident on the island of Mallorca.

The federation said on Twitter the coach was on his way home after being released from the hospital, where he stayed for about three hours.

Scaloni posted a photo on Twitter of his face with four bandages surrounding a bruised left eye.

“A couple of stitches and headed home,” he said. “Thanks, everyone.”

The Son Espases hospital where Scaloni was admitted did not release any detailed information about the coach’s injuries.

Spanish media said Scaloni fell from his bike after a car backed into his path and caused him to lose control.

The 40-year-old Scaloni has been with Argentina’s national team since last year. He played for Spanish club Mallorca in the late 2000s.

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