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Albiceleste boss Lionel Scaloni hospitalised after bike accident in Spain

The 40-year-old was knocked to the ground by a vehicle while cycling in Mallorca.

National team coach Lionel Scaloni was briefly hospitalised on Tuesday on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca, after being hit by a car while riding a bike, local officials said.

The 40-year-old 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 reporters. He played for Spanish club Mallorca in the late 2000s.

The driver called the emergency services, who then transported Scaloni to the Son Espases hospital 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. He spent roughly three hours at the hospital.

"He is now on his way home after being discharged from hospital," the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Twitter, adding that the injuries were not serious.

The Albiceleste boss later posted a picture on Twitter of his face with four bandages surrounding a bruised left eye.

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

- TIMES/AFP/AP

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