MX23RW : Thursday, April 15 05:05:39| >> :120:23498:23498:

Ex-Chelsea winger Paul Canoville thanks well-wishers after "closest call yet"

Chelsea's first black player underwent emergency surgery last month.

Chelsea's first black player Paul Canoville has thanked well-wishers as he recovers from complications following emergency surgery last month.

The 58-year-old branded his latest health scare his "closest call yet", having battled drug addiction and cancer following his football career.

Canoville remains in hospital but is off the critical list and said to be making good progress.

"I am truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and good wishes sent to me and my family," Canoville posted on social media.

"Please accept my heartfelt love and gratitude to each and every one of you who had me in your thoughts and prayers.

"Although this has been my closest call yet, the positive vibes, love and prayers of you all have seen me through.

"It's a long way to my full recovery but I'm here. Thank you for believing in me and I can't wait to see you all."

Canoville graced the Blues with distinction between 1981 and 1986, facing up to severe racism and bigotry while acting as a trailblazer for his community.

The Southall-born winger runs the successful Paul Canoville Foundation, working to build better lives for London's youth.

ID:437454: cacheID:437454:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:3810:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring against Sheffield United in the Premier League on February 28, 2021
Read Next:
Premier League predictions for midweek fixtures including Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Read more about Paul Canoville Football

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
1Manchester CityMan City32235467234474
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd31189461342763
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham31167851391255
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs311471052351749
10Leeds UnitedLeeds31143144949045
11Aston Villa301351243331044
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves31108133141-1038
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton31712123338-533
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3188153251-1932
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd3142251755-3814

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!