Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Mabbutt to undergo heart surgery

A general view of the Tottenham Hotspur crest ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at White Hart Lane on October 6, 2013
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Former Tottenham Hotspur captain and club ambassador Gary Mabbutt is to undergo heart surgery on Monday afternoon.

Tottenham Hotspur have revealed that club legend Gary Mabbutt is to undergo heart surgery on Monday afternoon after being taken to hospital with chest pains.

The 55-year-old spent 16 years with the Lilywhites during his playing days, racking up close to half a century of appearances during that time.

Mabbutt, a member of the 1984 UEFA Cup and 1991 FA Cup winning squads, will go under the knife later today.

A Spurs statement read: "Gary Mabbutt was admitted to hospital this morning where he will undergo heart surgery later after suffering chest pains and breathlessness. Everyone at the club wishes our legendary former captain a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Mabbsy!"

Mabbutt has been a club ambassador at Tottenham since 2010 and was recently paraded around the pitch following the final game to be staged at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (R) puts the ball past West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop to score his team's secong goal during the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, 13 May 2006.
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