Andre Villas-Boas quits Dakar Rally after accident, taken to hospital

Andre Villas-Boas: Portuguese driver and former head coach of British football teams Chelsea and Tottenham. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team San Juan de Marcona, Ica, Peru Jan 10, 2018, 09.12 AM (IST)

Villas-Boas has been forced out of the Dakar Rally after hurting his back on Tuesday's fourth stage. The 40-year-old was taken to the hospital immediately.

He jolted his back after his car went airborne off a sand dune and made a hard landing, Toyota said in a statement.

Former Chelsea and Tottenham coach André Villas-Boas swapped his career from football and participated in racing for the first time to follow the family tradition in rally driving. His uncle competed in the Dakar Rally in the early 1980s.

Villas-Boas posted on social media that he and his partner are safe.

 

"Medical examinations show no broken bones," but Villas-Boas is in pain and he and his co-pilot Ruben Faria are out of the 9,000km rally, the team added.

Villas-Boas had made a difficult debut in the sports most demanding race and was 2hr 18min 50sec behind the leader after the third stage.