Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will return to hospital for treatment for leukemia again after scans showed a risk of relapse, the Serbian coach said Saturday.
The 53-year-old, who has been battling the severe disease since 2019, underwent three cycles of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant during his first battle with the disease.
“My recovery after the transplant (bone marrow in 2019) was very good, but unfortunately, the disease is sneaky,” Mihajlovic told reporters at a press conference.
“From the latest analysis, some red flags have emerged and there may be a risk of a re-emergence of the disease.
“To prevent this from happening, I was advised to go through therapy. This time I won’t be making a sliding tackle like I did two and a half years ago on an fleeing opponent. I’ll start first.”
Mihajlovic added that he would be admitted to the Sant’Orsola Malpighi Hospital in Bologna possibly next week.
Winner of the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991 and winner of the Cup Winners’ Cup with Lazio in 1999, Mihajlovic has also won two Serie A titles and four Italian Cups with Lazio and Inter Milan.
He took charge of Bologna in 2018 when the team was stuck in the relegation zone and made a remarkable transformation as he led them to 10th place.
Bologna are 12th in the last two Serie A seasons and are currently in the same position with 33 points after 29 games. (OL-8)