Uruguay striker Dario Silva left a hospital on crutches on Thursday, 10 days after doctors amputated his right leg which was shattered in a car accident.
Officials at La Espanola clinic said the 33-year-old Uruguay soccer international went to his home in Montevideo.
The amputation 10 centimeters (4 inches) below the knee was inevitable after the leg was severely infected, according to the clinic's Dr. Marcio Cancela.
Silva was driving two friends when he was thrown from his car in an accident on Sept. 24 on a road beside La Plata River in Montevideo. The friends received only minor injuries.
"This a match that I have lost. I just have to try to recover," he told TV Channel 4 on Tuesday.
He said he will fly to Italy this month to receive a prothesis that will allow him to walk without crutches.
Silva scored 15 goals in 49 international games for Uruguay, and played at the 2002 World Cup.
He helped Penarol win three straight Uruguay championships in the mid-1990s, and played overseas for Italy's Cagliari and Spain's Espanyol, Malaga and Sevilla, then England's Portsmouth. He was without a club at the time of the accident.