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Iker Casillas Rushed To Hospital After Suffering Heart Attack In Training

Iker Casillas Rushed To Hospital After Suffering Heart Attack In Training
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Iker Casillas has been rushed to hospital in Portugal after suffering a heart attack during training with Porto earlier today.

The 37-year old goalkeeper was brought Hospital CUF in Porto after the incident, and is currently in a stable condition. The heart attack is not believed to be life threatening.

Casillas had felt unwell in training before the incident. He was immediately rushed to surgery upon arrival at the hospital, and is now believed to have regained consciousness. Porto confirmed the news to Portuguese tv station TVI, saying he was now in a stable condition and "doing well".

In a statement subsequently released, Porto said Casillas' cardiac problem has now been resolved:

Iker Casillas suffered an acute myocardial infarction during morning practice this Wednesday, at the PortoGaia Sports Formation and Training Centre, in Olival.

The work session was promptly interrupted so that assistance could be given to the FC Porto goalkeeper, who is at this moment at the CUP Porto Hospital. Casillas is fine, stable and with his cardiac problem resolved.

Real Madrid have also released a statement, wishing their former captain a speedy recovery:

Iker Casillas has shown us throughout his professional career how to overcome incredible challenges to bring glory to our club.

He has shown us that giving up is now part of our philosophy and has demonstrated to us innumerable times that being most strong when the challenge is most difficult is the way to achieve victory.

 Real Madrid and its fans wish to see their eternal captain recuperated as soon as possible and send him all the best wishes in the world.

The former World Cup winning captain has been at the Portuguese club since leaving Real Madrid in 2015. He recently signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2021.

Casillas was one of the top goalkeepers in world football during his 16-year stay in the Spanish capital, also earning an incredible 167 caps for Spain. He led the country to victories in three consecutive major tournaments from 2008-2012, an unmatched feat in modern football.

He was ultimately fell out of favour in Madrid, before going to win a league title in Porto last season. His club are currently in the midst of a battle to retain their crown, trailing great rivals Benfica by two points with three games to go.

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