Former Brazil captain Ricardo suffers stroke

RIO DE JANEIRO Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:05pm IST

A file photo shows Vasco da Gama's head coach Ricardo Gomes during the team's Copa Sudamericana soccer match against Palmeiras in Sao Paulo August 25, 2011. Gomes was in hospital after suffering a stroke during his team's Brazilian championship match against Flamengo on Sunday. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/Files

A file photo shows Vasco da Gama's head coach Ricardo Gomes during the team's Copa Sudamericana soccer match against Palmeiras in Sao Paulo August 25, 2011. Gomes was in hospital after suffering a stroke during his team's Brazilian championship match against Flamengo on Sunday.

Credit: Reuters/Paulo Whitaker/Files

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Vasco da Gama coach Ricardo Gomes was in hospital after suffering a stroke during his team's Brazilian championship match against Flamengo on Sunday.

"His condition is of concern," Vasco's team doctor Clovis Munhoz told reporters after the 46-year-old Ricardo had surgery.

"The initial treatment is a surgical treatment to relieve the haemorrhaging, so there's a minimum possible suffering of the cerebral tissue."

Former Brazil defender and captain Ricardo was taken to hospital from the pitch after suffering head pains during the second half of Vasco's 0-0 draw with Ronaldinho's Flamengo in the Rio derby at the Engenhao.

(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires; editing by Ian Ransom; to query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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