Jimmy Greaves awaiting test results after being taken to hospital
Tottenham announced on Tuesday night that their record goalscorer, who turned 80 in February, was receiving treatment in hospital. A further statement from Spurs is expected once the test results are known.
Greaves, part of the England squad that won the World Cup in 1966, had a severe stroke in May 2015, which left him using a wheelchair. A Facebook update from JimmyGreaves.net said: “No news is good news at the moment,” and that Greaves had spoken via phone to his wife, Irene.
The post added: “During the course of the day he will be having tests and when we find out the results I will post them on here. So watch this space and have a good thought for Jimmy as you go about your current daily routine. His problem isn’t coronavirus related and doesn’t seem to be related to his previous illness. Hopefully he won’t be in hospital for too long.”
Greaves began his career at Chelsea, scoring 132 goals in 169 matches before signing for Milan in 1961. He returned to England later that year, joining Spurs for £99,999. He went on to score 266 goals in 379 competitive appearances for the club and helped them to win two FA Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Regarded as one of the finest strikers in the history of the game, Greaves was also prolific at international level, scoring 44 goals in 57 appearances for England. However, he was left out of the 4-2 win against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final, having lost his place earlier through injury.
Greaves left Spurs for West Ham in 1969, with Martin Peters moving the other way, and later became a popular pundit.
Spurs said in a statement: “Our record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves is currently being treated in hospital. We are in touch with his family and will provide further updates in due course. Everybody at the club sends their best wishes to Jimmy and his family.”