BRAZIL LEGEND Pele was rushed back into intensive care on Friday as a precautionary measure following an acid reflux.
But the three-time World Cup winner, 80, is now believed to have returned to the ward after his daughter reassured fans on social media.
Pele initially left the intensive care unit (ICU) on Tuesday after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour from his colon.
As reported by ESPN Brazil, the iconic footballer returned to the ICU after falling ill while still in Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Reports suggest Pele is in a stable condition and his daughter Kely Nascimento has also confirmed he is ‘recovering well’.
She wrote on Instagram: “Hi friends. I don’t know what is going on with the rumours out there but my DMs are booming!
“There’s already a lot of anxiety roaming the world these days and we don’t want to be the reason for more.
“He is recovering well and within normal range. Promise!
“The normal recovery scenario for a man of his age, after an operation like this, is sometimes two steps forward and one step back.
“Yesterday he was tired and took a little step back. Today he took two forwards!
“I want to thank again, and always, the brilliant team here at Einstein and even more gratitude for all of the good energy that you are transmitting.”
Pele was admitted to hospital last month to undergo ‘routine exams’ that had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
A tumour in his colon was discovered in September and he recently underwent surgery to resolve his medical condition.
Pele left intensive care on Tuesday and thanked fans for their continuous support on Instagram, telling them: “We will be together soon!