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Andre Villas-Boas withdraws from Dakar Rally after being hospitalised

Andre Villas-Boas was hospitalised on Tuesday due to back pain sustained in an accident when the Overdrive Toyota driver hit a dune in the Dakar Rally.

other-sports Updated: Jan 10, 2018 12:40 IST
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Toyota driver Andre Villas-Boas of Portugal waves at podium ramp during the Dakar Rally ceremonial start in Lima on Saturday.
Toyota driver Andre Villas-Boas of Portugal waves at podium ramp during the Dakar Rally ceremonial start in Lima on Saturday.(AP)
         

Andre Villas-Boas’ Dakar Rally debut ended in the fourth stage after the former Chelsea and Tottenham manager was taken to hospital following a crash.

Villas-Boas was hospitalised on Tuesday due to back pain sustained in an accident when the Overdrive Toyota driver hit a dune during the San Juan de Marcona stage in Peru, according to reports.

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“Andre was taken to the hospital with a back injury. It was unfortunate for Andre, who was making a very positive debut in the Dakar,” Overdrive team director Jean-Marc Fortin was quoted as saying.

Overdrive Toyota's Portuguese driver Andre Villas-Boas and his co-driver Ruben Faria compete during the Stage 1 of the 2018 Dakar Rally between Lima and Pisco.
Overdrive Toyota's Portuguese driver Andre Villas-Boas and his co-driver Ruben Faria compete during the Stage 1 of the 2018 Dakar Rally between Lima and Pisco. ( AFP )

Villas Boas surprisingly turned his attention from football to motorsport and the Dakar Rally following his departure from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.

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The 40-year-old Portuguese head coach led SIPG to second in the CSL last season and the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League in his first year in charge, before being replaced by countryman Vitor Pereira.

First Published: Jan 10, 2018 12:40 IST