Joao Havelange set to leave hospital next week

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- Doctors says former FIFA President Joao Havelange is expected to leave the hospital next week, more than two months after being admitted with a serious infection on his right ankle.

The Hospital Samaritano said Friday the 96-year-old Havelange improved significantly after leaving semi-intensive care last week and will be allowed to return home in a few days if his health doesn't deteriorate.

Havelange was admitted on March 18 with septic arthritis, an infection that affects joints, and several times was listed in serious condition because of heart and breathing problems.

Havelange led FIFA from 1974-98 and remains an honorary president. He resigned from the International Olympic Committee late last year citing undisclosed health reasons, avoiding a possible suspension for allegedly taking kickbacks from former FIFA marketing partner ISL.