Iker Casillas discharged from hospital with wife Sara Carbonero by his side… but keeper admits he doesn’t know if he will have to retire after suffering heart attack during Porto training
- Iker Casillas is set to be discharged from hospital following a recent heart attack
- The goalkeeper has had a series of positive tests and analysis of his health
- Reports in Portugal suggest Casillas will face no further complications
- It remains to be seen whether the Real Madrid legend will retire from the sport
Legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been discharged from hospital following a series of positives tests, as he looks to recover from a recent heart attack.
The 37-year-old suffered the medical emergency during training on the morning of Wednesday, May 1, and was rushed to hospital where he brought under a stable condition.
Upon leaving Porto hospital, Casillas told reporters: ‘I want to give thanks for the thousands of samples of affection. We will have to wait a couple of weeks or a couple of months.
Iker Casillas has been discharged from hospital after recovering from a recent heart attack
The 37-year-old addressed a crowd of reporters and photographers outside Porto hospital
The legendary goalkeeper responded positively to a series of tests and heart analysis
WHAT HAPPENED TO IKER CASILLAS?
The 37-year-old former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper suffered what is medically known as ‘myocardial infarction’ – more colloquially referred to as a heart attack.
It occurs when blood flow slows or stops reaching a part of the heart, causing chest pains, shortness of breath and anxiety, among other symptoms.
The usual root cause of myocardial infarction is a blood clot, which stops regular flow around the body.
People who suffer heart attacks can return to work within weeks, but it usually takes months to recover. Casillas will not play again for Porto this season and may not be fit for the start of the 2019/20 campaign.
Complications after an attack can include an irregular heartbeat or damage to the muscles. If Casillas has suffered long term effects, he may not play football again.
‘I do not know what the future will be, but the most important thing was to be here and be able to talk quietly. Thanks for the wait, see you soon. I can tell it and you can see it’ he added.
Casillas was taken ill during a training session, though manager Sergio Conceicao later admitted the severity of the situation was not immediately realised. Casillas, however, now looks to be on the road to recovery.
Portuguese publication Ojogo reported that all tests and heart nalysis carried out to monitor the health of Spanish goalkeeper ‘have been positive.’
In technical terms, Casillas suffered an acute myocardial infarction, but is expected not to have any further complications in life.
The veteran stopper is expected to rest as the season reaches its end, though Porto are yet to give full confirmation regarding what will happen next. It has been speculated the former Real Madrid man will retire from the game.
Casillas captained Spain to glory at the 2010 World Cup, conceding just twice in seven matches and keeping a clean sheet in all four knock out games.
He also won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and was capped 167 times by Spain – a national record.
At club level, he won five La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, having made his debut for the Spanish giants aged 17.
Porto are focusing on making sure Casillas can live a normal life with his wife Sara Carbonero
The former Real Madrid goalkeeper captained Spain to their only ever World Cup in 2010
Casillas was associated with Real for 25 years, coming through their academy before a stint in the first team lasting between 1999 and 2015.
He joined Porto after leaving the Bernabeu and was playing at the highest level right up until the recent heart attack – he started both legs of the Champions League quarter final defeat to Liverpool this season.
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