Villas-Boas withdraws from Dakar Rally after being hospitalised

The former Chelsea manager was competing in the event for the first time this year

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. But the Portuguese football specialist's auto crashed in the fourth stage of this annual competition. He said that the crash had forced him to pull out of the race.

Villas-Boas was performing admirably on debut, in 43rd place for Team Overdrive after the third stage, but crashed on stage four after his Toyota Hilux hit a sand dune.

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Villas-Boas left Chinese football team Shanghai SIPG a year ago in order to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Pedro, who competed in the 1982 and 1984 editions of the Dakar. 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. "The Dakar unfortunately is finished for us." he wrote. Better luck next time!

The former Jose Mourinho protege made his name in management when he took Porto to a treble of the Portuguese league, the cup and the Europa League.

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

Villas-Boas, 40, was fulfilling a childhood ambition by driving in the 9000-kilometre race from Peru to Argentina.

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