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By ESPN Staff
Feb 25, 2012

Greaves 'fit' after stroke recovery

Former England footballer Jimmy Greaves has made a full recovery after suffering a stroke.

Greaves, 72, spent two nights in hospital and underwent neck surgery after falling ill at his home in Chelmsford, Essex. He has since been discharged and says he is feeling as fit as ever.

"I had a mini-stroke but just weeks later I'm honestly feeling better than I have in years - I'm as fit as a butcher's dog,'' Greaves told The People.

Doctors at Chelmsford's Broomfield Hospital discovered the former Tottenham star, who is England's third-greatest scorer with 44 goals, had suffered a transient ischaemic attack.

They performed a successful operation on an artery in his neck before giving him the all-clear.

Greaves added: "I'm out and about, enjoying life to the full. I lost a stone, which I needed to do and it's made me feel a lot younger.

"If anyone complains about the NHS, don't believe a word of it. The people who looked after me couldn't have been any more professional or caring.''

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