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Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni released from hospital after bicycle accident in Mallorca

Scaloni, 40, who was named his country's permanent manager last November, was knocked to the ground by a vehicle that was reversing near a school in the port of Puerto Portals

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni. AFP
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni. AFP

The Argentina Football Association (AFA) confirmed Tuesday that national team manager Lionel Scaloni has been released from a hospital in Mallorca after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

Scaloni, 40, who was named his country's permanent manager last November, was knocked to the ground by a vehicle that was reversing near a school in the port of Puerto Portals, a spokesman for the municipality of Calvia told Agence France-Presse.

The driver called the emergency services, who then transported Scaloni to the Hospital Universitario Son Espases in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of Spain's Balearic Islands.

Scaloni suffered a "facial injury" and "several bruises" in the accident, local emergency services said.

"The Argentina coach, Lionel Scaloni, suffered an accident today while cycling. He is now on his way home after being discharged from hospital," the AFA's Twitter account said.

Scaloni later posted a picture of himself on his official Twitter account sporting tape above and below his bruised left eye and on his nose and forehead, with the words: "Many thanks for the messages, a few stitches and now I'm off back home."

Scaloni has been tasked with overseeing Argentina's Copa America campaign following a disappointing World Cup in Russia last year in which the South Americans were eliminated in the last-16 by eventual winners France.

Jorge Sampaoli was sacked shortly after with Scaloni, who served as Sampaoli's assistant in Russia, initially placed in caretaker charge for a friendly tournament Saudi Arabia before being confirmed in the post in November 2018 until the Copa America's conclusion in June.

Despite having the services of the mercurial Lionel Messi to call on again following the Barcelona forward's short international hiatus after the World Cup, results for Argentina under Scaloni have been underwhelming thus far.

Defeat to Brazil in Jeddah in October, courtesy of a 93rd-minute Miranda winner, was followed by a 3-1 defeat to Venezuela and a 1-0 win over Morocco during a pair of friendlies last month.

Scaloni, who won seven Argentina caps as a rugged right-back, spent a season on loan at Mallorca in 2008, as well as spells at Newell's Old Boys, Deportivo La Coruna, West Ham United and Lazio during a 20-year playing career.

Argentina are looking to win a first international trophy since 1993 at this summer's Copa America in Brazil.

The Albiceleste open their group against Colombia on June 16 before facing Paraguay and Qatar.

Updated: April 9, 2019 05:23 PM

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