Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has undergone a triple heart bypass, less than two weeks after he collapsed in a TV studio, it has been reported.
Hoddle suffered a massive heart attack on his 61st birthday and was in intensive care for several days.
The former Tottenham, Chelsea and England player, who led the Three Lions to the 1998 World Cup as manager, is said to have had surgery this week, according to The Sun.
Doctors are optimistic he will be able to return to punditry after the procedure.
A source close to Hoddle said last night: “We were told on Wednesday the operation was due to take place on Thursday or Friday this week.”
The surgery was scheduled in order to restore blood flow to an obstructed coronary artery.
Father-of-three Hoddle collapsed on October 27, shortly after appearing on Robbie Savage’s live show at the BT Sport Studios in Stratford, East London.
He was resuscitated by sound engineer Simon Daniels, who said his “natural instinct” of first aid training kicked in.
Shortly before it happened, the ex-footballer was filmed doing keepy-uppies in the studio.
In the aftermath of his collapse, Hoddle’s pal Harry Rednapp said: “It was a shock but hopefully he will make a full recovery now. We need him back.
“Everybody who knows Glenn would agree, is there a nicer bloke anywhere than Glenn Hoddle?
“I’ve never heard him say a bad word about anyone, he’s just a lovely guy, a great footballer and a great person.”
Two days after his heart attack, Hoddle’s family released a statement which said: “Glenn and his family are overwhelmed by the best wishes sent from Tottenham Hotspur staff, players, ex-players and most importantly all our tremendous supporters since he was taken ill on Saturday.
“It has been a huge comfort to have your support and memories to lift us all at such a difficult time, so thank you.”