‘He is still having tests. But he is comfortable’: Tottenham and England legend Jimmy Greaves remains in hospital as family thank NHS and fans for support
- Jimmy Greaves was admitted to hospital in Chelmsford near his home in Essex
- Greaves has been in poor health since suffering a severe stroke five years ago
- His son, Andy, has issued a statement thanking the NHS and fans for support
Jimmy Greaves remains in hospital and his family have issued a message of thanks to the NHS staff and to fans for their support.
Greaves, 80, was taken to hospital near his home Essex earlier this week.
He has been in poor health since a severe stroke five years ago but doctors do not think he has suffered another stroke.
Jimmy Greaves was admitted to hospital in Chelmsford near his home in Essex on Tuesday
Spurs and England legend is confined to a wheelchair and requires regular professional care
Nor has he been showing symptoms related to coronavirus.
Son Andy said: ‘Dad is still in hospital. He is still having tests. But he is comfortable.
‘We would like to thank all the NHS staff for all the work they are doing with Dad at a time when we all know they are under an incredible amount of pressure.
‘The whole family would like to thank everyone for the kind wishes and thoughts they’ve been sending to Dad.
‘We will provide an update in his condition as and when there is one.’
There was nothing to suggest he had been suffering from symptoms related to coronavirus
Jimmy’s agent Terry Baker echoed the sentiments of the Greaves family.
Baker said: ‘We have had 1000s of people enquiring after Jimmy and sending love. We thank you for that from the bottom of our hearts. It’s still a case of no news is good news at the moment.
‘Jimmy isn’t a well man but he is in hospital receiving the best possible care thanks to the amazing doctors and nurses of the NHS at this difficult time for everyone.
‘The love shown to Jim by so many 1000s of you is appreciated so much by the family and all of those close to him.’
Greaves is 80 years old and has been in poor health since a major stroke which left him disabled in 2015.
He requires professional care four times a day and his nurses were concerned by his condition when they attended his home in Essex on Tuesday and called for an ambulance which took him to hospital in nearby Chelmsford.
The news sparked concern among his many fans when it was confirmed by Spurs.
Greaves was feeling well enough to call his wife Irene and speak on the phone on Wednesday
Greaves celebrates after helping to beat former side Chelsea in the FA Cup final in 1967
Greaves is English football’s greatest goalscorer with 357 goals in Division One, a top-flight record which remains untouched almost 49 years after he retired as a player.
He is Tottenham’s record scorer, he scored 44 goals in 57 games for England and was a key figure in the World Cup squad in 1966 although he was injured in the group stage and did not play in the final.
Greaves, who also played for Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham, remained one of the nation’s best-loved personalities after his retirement when he conquered problems with alcohol and forged a new career as a TV pundit and presenter.
Spurs had released a statement on Tuesday night stating: ‘We can confirm that our record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves is currently being treated in hospital. We are in touch with his family and will provide further updates in due course. Everybody at the club sends their best wishes to Jimmy and his family.’
His remarkable life story was told in the film Greavsie released in conjunction with his landmark birthday in February.
Earlier this year Sportsmail launched a ‘Gong for Greavsie’ campaign to see him formally honoured for his achievements.
Earlier this year Sportsmail launched a campaign to see him honoured for his achievements