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Andre Villas-Boas hospitalised after Dakar Rally crash, out of race

AVB hospitalised after Dakar Rally crash, out of race

10/01/2018 at 07:56Updated 10/01/2018 at 10:10

Andre Villas-Boas was taken to hospital after crashing during the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday morning as his promising debut came to an end.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham manager – who had impressed in his Toyota Hilux in the early stages – hit a dune during the San Juan de Marcona stage in Peru.

Overdrive Toyota team director Jean-Marc Fortin said:

" 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."

Villas-Boas quit Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG in November to fulfil his lifelong dream of competing in the gruelling race.

He sat 43rd before his crash.

Video - Crashes and chaos as Dakar Rally endures tough day in the dunes