National men's football team head coach Henrique Calisto is expected to be fit in time for a friendly with German club Eintracht Frankfurt in Hanoi on May 12 after undergoing two operations.
Late last week, the Portuguese tactician, who helped the national team take the ASEAN Football Federation Cup in 2008 and the U-23 squad finish second at the 25th South East Asian Games in 2009, said he felt some pain in his left arm and thought medicine could help.
However, on Monday April 26, doctors at the France-Vietnam Hospital in Hanoi said he needed an operation because of a cervical bone spur.
After the first operation, Calisto still felt terrible pain and couldn't sleep that night, so Dr. Fédéric Hor and his group tested again and found the Portuguese coach was suffering atherosclerosis in the neck and had to be operated on again immediately.
On Wednesday morning, the hospital officials and Dr. Hor had a meeting with Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) officials.
After the meeting, VFF general secretary Tran Quoc Tuan said that Calisto would leave the hospital on Thursday or Friday and that the Portuguese coach would be able to coach the national team for the friendly match with the German club.
Eintracht Frankfurt, who is in the ninth spot in the German top-tier league Bundesliga I, will then play the 2005-06 V-League champs Dong Tam Long An at Ho Chi Minh City's Thong Nhat Stadium on May 14.
The friendly matches are being played to mark the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Germany, according to VFF.