World Cup winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas has suffered a heart attack while training with Porto.
The 37-year-old goalkeeper, who won football’s greatest prize with Spain in 2010, was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.
Casillas had been working at the PortoGaia Training Centre on Wednesday morning in preparation for their league encounter with Aves this weekend.
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 an 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.
According to Portuguese radio station RTP, Casillas suffered a myocardial infarction – colloquially known as a heart attack – at Porto training, but was treated quickly and is not in immediate danger.
Casillas had been training with his team mates in temperatures of around 20 degrees celsius on Wednesday morning when he collapsed, causing the session to be suspended.
He remains in hospital and is not expected to feature again for Porto in the remainder of their Primeira Liga season.
Porto confirmed the worrying news on Twitter, with the message: ‘Always together! Strength, Iker!’, along with an image of Casillas with fans at his unveiling after signing for the club.
The club posted an official statement on their website, which crashed due to the number of people wanting to read and gain an update on the legendary goalkeeper’s status.
The statement says: ‘Iker Casillas suffered an acute myocardial infarction during Wednesday morning training session held at the PortoGaia Training Centre in Olival.
‘The work session was promptly interrupted to provide assistance to the Porto goalkeeper, who is currently at the Hospital CUF Porto. Casillas is well, stable and his heart problem solved.’