Porto goalkeeper Casillas suffers heart attack

Casillas is recovering at Hospital CUF in Porto

The former Spain and Real Madrid No1 has been hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, but he is out of danger, according to Portuguese public broadcaster RTP.

Casillas was admitted after feeling unwell in training and will miss what remains of the season.

"The 37-year-old is recovering in hospital following emergency surgery, says TVI, and is not expected to play again for the club this season".

Porto released a statement earlier on Wednesday saying Casillas was "stable and his heart problem has been resolved".

Casillas joined FC Porto in 2015 after spending the majority of his senior career in the Spanish capital with Los Blancos.

"I'm ok", wrote the Porto goalkeeper, who would have opened his phone to the hundreds of messages of support sent in the wake of the news.

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We wish Iker a speedy recovery.

He also won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with the national side and his exploits earned him the nickname "Saint Iker" as well as making him one of Spain's best known personalities.

There was an outpouring of support towards the former Real Madrid and Spain captain on social media once the news broke of the incident on Wednesday afternoon.

'Casillas has taught us throughout his professional career to overcome the most incredible challenges to enhance the glory of our club.

The most recent fatal attack came last week, when experienced Burundi global Papy Faty died after collapsing during an eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) league match, the Burundi football federation said on Friday. The team lost to Liverpool last month in the Champions League knockout stages. Casillas won two Copa del Rey titles and had 725 appearances for the team, a record in the Champions League, and helped lead Real Madrid to 19 total titles before leaving to play in Portugal.

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