Dakar Rally: Back injury ends Andre Villas-Boas debut

Villas-Boas withdraws from Dakar Rally after being hospitalised

Villas-Boas withdraws from Dakar Rally after being hospitalised

Andre Villas-Boas, the former manager of Zenit St Petersburg, Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham, has prematurely withdrawn from his debut Dakar Rally race due to a auto crash which left him hospitalized. But the Portuguese football specialist's auto crashed in the fourth stage of this annual competition.

But there's been some bad news: AVB has been forced out of the race after crashing into a dune in Peru, an accident that sent him to the hospital.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea manager was taken to hospital to assess a jarred back but posted an Instagram message allaying fears of serious injury. The Dakar unfortunately is finished for us. The former Chelsea and Tottenham coach jolted his back after his auto went airborne off a sand dune and made a hard landing, Toyota said in a statement.

And he did! Back in November, AVB quit as manager of Chinese club Shanghai SIPG to compete in this year's Dakar Rally as part of Team Overdrive.

"I have the free time and the stars aligned".

In the auto race, the 40-year-old Villas-Boas was in 43rd position for Toyota.

The drivers managed to complete three stages of the challenging race and occupied 43rd place in the auto classification before the accident ended their run in the rally.

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