Diego Maradona reportedly fell over and hit his head a week before he died from a heart attack but was never taken to the hospital despite suffering an injury.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica claim that Maradona, who had only recently had surgery on his brain to remove a blood clot, was not taken for a scan after falling and hitting his head at home. 

A lawyer representing a nurse who worked for Maradona is reported to have said: 'Maradona fell to the ground seven days before his death. He fell and hit his head but they didn't take him to the hospital for an MRI or a CT scan.'

The shocking revelation comes as Maradona's personal doctor Leopoldo Luque is being probed over medical negligence as police launch an investigation into the footballing legend's death. 

The same report has also confirmed speculation from media in Argentina that Maradona was alone in his house in Buenos Aires when he died from a heart attack aged 60.

According to a preliminary autopsy report, Maradona died from 'acute lung edema and chronic heart failure'. He died in his sleep while he was resting at home last Wednesday.

The same nurse's lawyer has also said that she had spoken with Maradona on the Friday before his death but was fired on the Saturday.