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Andre Villas-Boas has been taken to the hospital in a helicopter after suffering an accident during the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday.
While driving his Toyota Hilux, the former Chelsea, Tottenham and Porto manager hit a dune during the San Juan de Marcona stage in Peru.
Boas, who was ranked 41st out of 88 drivers after the 3rd stage, made a promising start to his first Dakar Rally but injury meant that the 40-year-old had to withdraw from the event.
Overdrive team director Jean-Marc Fortin later confirmed that Villas-Boas had suffered a back injury.
"Andre was taken to the hospital with a back injury. It was unfortunate for Andre, who was making a very positive debut in the Dakar." he said via The Daily Mail.
André Villas-Boas was taken to the hospital in a helicopter after suffering an accident during today's 3rd stage of the Dakar Rally. The Portuguese manager had problems with his back and had to withdraw from the race, which was a life-long dream of his to complete. pic.twitter.com/uKj1mOKxIQ- Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) January 10, 2018
André Villas-Boas was ranked 41st out of 88 drivers after the 3rd stage in his first ever Dakar Rally. Sad to see him unable to complete the race and his dream, but the most important thing is that, given the circumstances, he's relatively unharmed. pic.twitter.com/ggzpx2UjVD- Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) January 10, 2018
Villas Boas took to Instagram after the incident and confirmed that he, along with co-driver Ruben Faria, are 'safe and well'
"Just to tell everyone that both me and Ruben are safe and well and back in the bivouac. We jumped off a dune and crashed the car nose first. The Dakar unfortunately is finished for us." he wrote.
"Better luck next time! Thank you all for your kind messages of support."
We wish Andre all the best in his recovery.
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