Tottenham have confirmed that club legend Jimmy Greaves is currently being treated in hospital.

The news sparked concern for the 80-year-old, who is Tottenham's record goalscorer and one of the greatest strikers in English football history.

The Premier League club said in a statement late on Tuesday night: "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 was being treated in hospital on Tuesday night

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Greaves was admitted to hospital near his home in Chelmsford, Essex. There is no suggestion at this stage that he had been suffering from symptoms related to coronavirus.

Greaves scored a club record 266 goals for Tottenham between 1961 and 1970, and has also scored more goals in the history of English top-flight football (357) than anyone else, having also played for Chelsea and West Ham.

He is England's fourth highest goalscorer and was a member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

Having started all three of England's group games in the home World Cup finals, he lost his place through injury to Geoff Hurst, who would famously go on to score a hat-trick in the final.

Greaves has scored six six hat-tricks for England - more than any other Three Lions player.

After his playing career ended, he went on to a successful career in broadcasting, presenting alongside former Liverpool player Ian St John in the hugely popular 'Saint and Greavesie' Saturday lunchtime football show.

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