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Jimmy Greaves hospitalised as Tottenham confirm legend undergoing treatment – but there’s no suggestion it’s coronavirus

TOTTENHAM have confirmed that football legend Jimmy Greaves has been taken to hospital.

It is not yet known what he is being treated for but there is no suggestion it is linked to coronavirus.

Spurs announced on social media: "We can confirm that 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."

Greaves has been taken to hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, near his home.

A statement on behalf of Greaves was released late on Tuesday night on his social media pages, with a further announcement to be made on Wednesday morning.

It read: "I can confirm Jimmy is in hospital tonight.

"We will release a statement tomorrow regarding the condition, please please respect the family and if you are press do not phone his home tonight.

"His current condition and prognosis will be revealed mid-morning tomorrow. If you love him like I do, have good thoughts for him as you go to bed tonight.

"He is my biggest hero of all time and as lots of you know I kind of lived your dream by becoming best friends with him for over 20 years.

"He has endured a very difficult five years since his massive stroke in 2015 so spare some time to think of my lovely mate tonight. And watch this space for an update tomorrow."

Now 80, the former footballer and pundit has been in poor health since suffering a stroke nearly five years ago.

He uses a wheelchair and is cared for by his family and professional carers, who visit him four times a day.

Greaves is one of the greatest footballers England has ever produced and was one of the world's best strikers in his considerable prime.

His 357 goals in English football remains unbeaten 49 years after he retired and he is still Tottenham's record goalscorer with 266.

Greaves also scored 132 goals for Chelsea and is seventh on their all-time list despite playing only four seasons at Stamford Bridge.

He also scored 44 goals in just 57 England games and was a key part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad - although he missed the knockout stages because of injury.

After retirement he became a much-loved pundit on Saint and Greavsie, alongside Ian St John.

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