News is breaking this morning that former Liverpool and West Ham star Rigobert Song is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a stroke.
According to the Daily Mail the 40-year-old suffered a cerebral aneurysm on Sunday and was rushed to a local hospital in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé. It is believed the former defender fell ill at his home and is now in a coma and fighting for his life.
Song arrived in the Premier League back in 1999 when he joined Liverpool from Metz in a deal worth in the region of £2.7 million. After only a season he moved on to West Ham for a further two seasons, although one of which was spent on loan with FC Köln.
Following his retirement as a player in 2010, Song migrated into coaching and was appointment the head coach of Chad in October of last year.
Following the news of his condition, many of the football fraternity have voiced there support and well wishes for their former team-mate, including fellow Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o, who posted via his Instagram account,
“I wish you a lot of courage and a speedy recovery big brother!”
Former Liverpool alumni Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler also expressed their sympathies.
Hope everything ends up ok for #rigobertsong
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 2, 2016
Thoughts with #RigobertSong and family… Hope he pulls through
— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) October 2, 2016
At this time there is no update on Song’s condition or prognosis so we can only hope that he responds well to treatment and can get on the road to recovery soon.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena