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Iker Casillas Hospitalised After Suffering Heart Attack During Porto Training

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2019

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas grimaces during the Champions League quarterfinals, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Porto and Liverpool at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
Luis Vieira/Associated Press

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has reportedly been hospitalised after suffering a heart attack in training on Wednesday.

Per the Independent' Ed Malyon, Casillas was rushed to the hospital in the morning, but local outlet Maisfutebol has reported he is now "out of danger." The stopper tweeted this photograph to assure his fans he is okay (h/t Sport Witness):

Sport Witness @Sport_Witness

San Iker is on the mend. Brilliant. https://t.co/VagusjF7h6

Per TVI and RTP (h/t London Evening Standard), the Real Madrid legend underwent surgery. He's not expected to feature again this season:

Standard Sport @standardsport

Portuguese media outlet RTP report Casillas is 'out of danger' after surgery. The goalkeeper is not expected to play in the club's final four games of the season. https://t.co/FKYFHFBBgE

Current Los Blancos goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Besiktas stopper Loris Karius were among those to wish the 37-year-old well in his recovery:

Thibaut Courtois @thibautcourtois

Fuerza @IkerCasillas ! 🙏

Loris Karius @LorisKarius

Shocked about the news! Get well soon @IkerCasillas

Casillas is a world champion and two-time European champion with Spain, and he's regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in history. A product of Real Madrid's academy, he won five Spanish titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues with Los Blancos.

He moved to Porto in 2015 after a loss of form, and Casillas returned to his best in Portugal. He expressed an interest in returning to the Spanish national team in a November interview with Universo Valdano (h/t Sport). A poll by AS revealed fans of La Roja wanted him to go straight back into the starting XI.

Casillas has started all 31 Liga NOS matches for Porto this season, and the Dragons sit just two points off the top spot, behind rivals Benfica. They have three more league matches, including a key clash with Sporting on the final matchday. They'll face Sporting again in the Taca de Portugal final on May 25.

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