Villas-Boas out of Dakar Rally

Andre ­Villas-Boas (AFP)
Andre ­Villas-Boas (AFP)

San Juan de Marcona - Portuguese football coach André Villas-Boas has been forced out of the Dakar Rally after hurting his back on Tuesday's fourth stage, his team Toyota Overdrive said.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham coach jolted his back after his car went airborne off a sand dune and made a hard landing, Toyota said in a statement.

"Medical examinations show no broken bones," but Villas-Boas is in pain and he and his co-pilot Ruben Faria are out of the 9 000km rally, the team added.

Villas-Boas, 40, taking part in his first ever rally, had made a difficult debut in the sports most demanding race, and was 2 hours 18 minutes and 50 seconds behind the leader after the third stage.

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