Greaves leaves hospital

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Published: Friday 12th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves has left hospital just over a month after suffering a severe stroke.

The 75-year-old was admitted into intensive care on May 3 but his friend and agent Terry Baker has now confirmed Greaves “has left hospital and entered a rehabilitation unit for the next few weeks”.

Baker added in a statement on Facebook: “He has improved considerably but there is still a very long way to go.”

Greaves scored 44 goals for England – the fourth-highest total of all time – and also netted 266 goals in 379 matches for Spurs.

Greaves, who also suffered a minor stroke in 2012, received messages of support from across the football world after it emerged he had been hospitalised.

In Friday’s statement, Baker thanked all of those who had been enquiring as to the health of the ex-Chelsea, West Ham and AC Milan forward.

“We are still getting lots of people asking how he is on a daily basis,” Baker said.

“Famous friends and fans alike have all been fantastic. Jim wants me to thank everyone for their concern and the love you have all shown him and I’m sure you will all continue to do so. Thanks everyone.”

The Essex-born striker spent nine seasons at Spurs during one of the most successful periods of the club’s history.

Greaves scored the opening goal in Tottenham’s FA Cup final victory over Burnley in 1962 and he also found the net in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final against Atletico Madrid, which the London club won 5-1.

He started his career at Chelsea, where he broke into the first-team squad after scoring 114 goals for the youth team and once he had been promoted to the seniors, he scored 132 goals in 169 games.

After nine years at Tottenham Greaves moved across the capital to West Ham before seeing out his career lower down the leagues following a battle with alcoholism.

In his retirement, he presented the popular Saturday lunchtime football show Saint and Greavsie alongside former Liverpool forward Ian St John.

Despite a fine international record, Greaves missed out on a place in the 1966 World Cup final as Sir Geoff Hurst replaced him in England’s starting XI after the Greaves suffered a shin injury in the group match against France.

Hurst kept his place in the team until the final, where he famously scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over West Germany.

At the time, only the starting XI received winners’ medals but Greaves was finally awarded one, alongside the rest of Sir Alf Ramsey’s squad, in 2009 after a change to FIFA rules.

Published: Friday 12th June 2015 by The News Editor

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