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Former France international David Ginola is recovering in hospital following a quadruple heart bypass operation.
Ginola was transferred to a Monaco hospital on Thursday after collapsing during a football match with the former Newcastle and Tottenham player reported to be in a "catastrophic state".
Concerns for his wellbeing eased when a tweet appeared on his official Twitter feed following his collapse, which read: “Footy match in the midday sun, not very clever. Now having some tests done. Whoever voted for a World Cup in Qatar in the summer?"
It has since been claimed that the tweet was sent by his agent with reports emerging that the 49-year-old underwent a quadruple heart bypass operation in the early hours of Friday morning.
"He does not remember anything, but he is feeling well. I talked with him. There is no neurological damage," Professor Gilles Dreyfus told Nice Matin.
"He did not suffer a heart attack, but complex coronary lesions made us decide to perform a quadruple bypass. We went into the operation room at 7pm and got out between 1am and 1:30am.
"He received excellent treatment before getting to the hospital, from the moment he underwent CPR on the pitch right until he arrived here."
Ginola moved to Newcastle from Paris Saint-Germain in 1995 and became a firm favourite at St James's Park before joining Tottenham in 1997 where he was crowned PFA players' player of the year and the FWA footballer of the year at the end of the 1998-99 season.
He also spent time at Aston Villa and Everton before announcing his retirement in May 2002.