By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Brazilian football legend Pele remains in intensive care but is recovering well after surgery to remove a suspected colon tumour.
The three-time World Cup winner, 80, has been receiving treatment at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo since August 31.
The suspected tumour was detected during routine tests and Pele underwent surgery on it last Saturday.
His medical team said he was ‘conscious, conversing actively and is maintaining normal vital signs.’
Pele posted an archive image of himself on his Instagram account on Friday night with a positive update on his health.
He wrote: ‘My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better. I’m looking forward to playing again, but I’m still going to recover for a few more days.
‘While I’m here, I take the opportunity to talk a lot with my family and to rest. Thanks again for all the loving messages. We’ll be together again soon!’