English Premiership

Ex-Spurs skipper Mabbutt undergoes heart surgery

Tottenham Hotspur (File)
Tottenham Hotspur (File)

London - Former Tottenham Hotspur captain Gary Mabbutt is set to undergo heart surgery, the Premier League club said Monday.

The 55-year-old defender was taken to hospital after experiencing chest pains and breathing problems.

"Gary Mabbutt was admitted to hospital this morning where he will undergo heart surgery later after suffering chest pains and breathlessness," Spurs said on Twitter.

"Everyone at the club wishes our legendary former captain a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Mabbsy!"

Mabbutt spent 16 years at Tottenham after joining from Bristol Rovers in 1982. He was part of the Spurs side which won the UEFA Cup in 1984 and captained them to victory in the FA Cup final in 1991.

He played in 477 league matches for the club to lie second in their all-time appearances list. He also played 16 times for England.

In 2013 Mabbutt, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager, needed an operation to replace the main artery in his left leg.

Two years later he told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I can no longer do any sport or go running, and my life is now a lot more sedentary.

"It is frustrating that I cannot kick a ball ever again, but I still have my leg, which is the most important thing."