Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves is in hospital, the club confirmed on Tuesday night. The iconic forward has suffered from ill health in recent years. Greaves is recognised as one of England’s best-ever players, having scored 44 goals in 57 games for his country.
In a statement, the club wrote: “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.”
Greaves is a legendary figure in north London, having scored 220 goals in 321 games for Spurs. He started his career at Chelsea, netting 124 times in 157 games, before moving to Spurs via a brief stint at AC Milan. His total goal tally in club football was 422 in 602 games.
In a later statement, a member of Greaves’ family confirmed that the former striker had endured a “very difficult five years” since suffering a stroke.
Writing on Facebook, JimmyGreaves.Net posted: “I can confirm Jimmy is in hospital tonight. We will release a statement tomorrow regarding the condition, please please respect the family and if you are press do not phone his home tonight. His current condition and prognosis will be revealed mid morning tomorrow.
“If you love him like I do, have good thoughts for him as you go to bed tonight. He is my biggest hero of all time and as lots of you know I kind of lived your dream by becoming best friends with him for over 20 years.
“He has endured a very difficult five years since his massive stroke in 2015 so spare some time to think of my lovely mate tonight. And watch this space for an update tomorrow.”