updated 9/27/2009 6:23:01 PM ET 2009-09-27T22:23:01

A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman says jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford may be released from an undisclosed hospital either Sunday or Monday following a fight with another inmate.

Spokesman Alfredo Perez said Sunday that the 59-year-old Stanford suffered superficial injuries. It was unclear why Stanford remained hospitalized.

The fight happened Thursday at a federal detention facility about 40 miles north of Houston.

Kent Schaffer, Stanford's attorney, tells the Houston Chronicle that a doctor wanted to conduct an MRI on Stanford. But he said the doctor anticipated problems because Stanford has a metal stint.

Phone messages have been left with Perez and Schaeffer.

Stanford awaits trial on charges related to a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

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