Andre Villas-Boas Hospitalised After Sustaining Back injury At Dakar Rally

Ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas withdraws from Dakar Rally after accident leaves him hospitalised

There were concerns regarding Villas-Boas' health after Overdrive team director Jean-Marc Fortin said earlier on Tuesday that the ex-Porto manager had to be taken to hospital.

André Villas-Boas has said he is safe and well after being taken to hospital when his auto crashed into a sand dune, forcing him to retire from the Dakar Rally.

Villas-Boas later posted on Instagram to give a positive update on his situation in San Juan de Marcona, Peru.

Later it became known that the 40-year-old football coach had withdrawn from the Dakar Rally, reported Eurosport.

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Fortunately, he sustained no broken bones, though a hospital check-up revealed he had done some damage to his back. "We jumped off a dune and crashed the auto nose first", he wrote. Better luck next time!

He teamed up with fellow Portugal native Faria, who finished second in the motorcycle category at the 2013 Dakar Rally, to represent Toyota Hilux at this year's edition of the competition. Racing is my passion.

Some of you might have missed the news that the Portuguese boss had left his role as coach of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG in November in order to compete in his first Dakar rally. Unfortunately, Villas-Boas was dismissed after less than a season in charge.