Brazilian media is reporting that retired soccer star Pelé returned to intensive care on Friday as he continues to recover from surgery to remove a tumor from his colon.
ESPN Brasil said that the 80-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento had an acid reflux on Thursday night and, despite being on stable condition, doctors decided to move him to intensive care as a precaution.
He has been in good clinical condition and was recovering in his room at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.
The facility is not expected to provide a statement on the latest conditions of the soccer legend.
A tumor at his colon was found when Pelé went for routine exams at the end of August.
His surgery was Sept. 4 and he had been expected to leave intensive care last week.
Pelé, the only male player to win three World Cups, has had mobility problems since a failed hip replacement surgery in 2012, forcing him to use a walker and wheelchair.
In recent years, he has also undergone kidney and prostate procedures.
Pelé won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, and remains Brazil's all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.