RIO DE JANEIRO: FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke has been released from a Brazilian hospital after recovering from a kidney infection.

FIFA says Valcke returned home to Switzerland on Sunday after spending four days hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro to treat the infection. Soccer’s governing body said Valcke “responded very well” to antibiotics after being admitted Wednesday.

FIFA’s top administrator said: “The result of my personal inspection of the medical facilities here in Brazil is excellent. I am sure that come the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup, everyone will be in good hands.”

The 52-year-old Frenchman was in Brazil for a three-day trip to visit 2014 World Cup host cities and attend a board meeting of the local organizing committee. He missed the board meeting because of the illness.

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