Andres Villas-Boas Pulls Out Of Dakar Rally After Suffering Nasty Back Injury During Fourth Stage (Photo)

Chris Wright

10th, January 2018

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Sadly, it would appear that Andre Villas-Boas’ lifelong dream to complete the Dakar Rally is over after the former Chelsea and Tottenham manager was forced to pull out at the fourth stage of the race.

Villas-Boas was forced to go to hospital with a back injury after his Toyota Hilux collided with a sand dune on Wednesday morning.

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According to the Mirror, Villas-Boas’ injuries aren’t thought to be serious but they are bad enough to cut short his participation out in Peru.

Talking to the press, Overdrive 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.

The 40-year-old first-timer, who quit as head coach of Shanghai SIPG specifically to take part, was hovering in a perfectly respectable 45th place when the crash brought a premature end to his involvement in the gruelling 15-day rally.

Whether Overdrive are now looking to bring in Tim Sherwood on an interim basis remains to be seen.

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