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Iker Casillas: Porto say goalkeeper is “well and stable” after heart attack

By Steve Jennings

Published: 17:00, 1 May 2019

Porto have confirmed Iker Casillas is in a stable condition after the goalkeeper suffered a heart attack at the club’s training centre.

A training session was interrupted and Casillas, 37, was taken to hospital after sustaining an “acute myocardial infarction” – more commonly known as a heart attack – on Wednesday morning.

Casillas remains in hospital but Porto say his heart problem has been “solved” and the Spaniard is out of danger.

A Porto statement read: “Goalkeeper (Iker Casillas) suffered a heart attack during the morning training session on Wednesday.

“Casillas suffered an acute myocardial infarction during Wednesday morning training session held at the Porto Training Centre in Olival.

“The work session was promptly interrupted to provide assistance to the FC Porto goalkeeper, who is currently at the Hospital CUF Porto. Casillas is well, stable and his heart problem solved.”

Casillas, who joined Porto in 2015, has enjoyed a celebrated career in football, winning five La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies with Real Madrid.

He has also won the World Cup and the European Championships with Spain, for whom he has made 167 appearances – the veteran is his country’s most capped player ever.

Since arriving at Porto, Casillas has won one Primeira Liga title and the Portuguese Super Cup.

Fellow sportspeople send support to Casillas

When news of the heart attack first broke, social media was awash with messages of support for one of the game’s modern icons.

Casillas’ fellow professionals in football, as well as Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, immediately threw their support behind the goalkeeper.