LISBON – World Cup-winning Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas took to Twitter late Wednesday to reassure fans that he was recovering from the heart attack he suffered hours earlier during practice at the FC Porto training ground.
“All under control here! A big scare but everything is intact. Thanks so much for all the messages and affection,” he wrote.
The post included a photo of a smiling Casillas in his bed at CUF Hospital in Porto.
The keeper will spend the night in the hospital, sources with the club told EFE.
Dr. Nelson Puga, FC Porto’s team physician, said that while Casillas was not likely to suffer lasting consequences from the heart attack, it was too soon to speculate on whether he will be able to continue playing.
“It will depend on the medication needed, on the evaluation that will have to be done, not just in situations of repose, but also under stress such as physical exercise, and also on his will to continue,” Puga told Porto Canal, a television station owned by the club.
The Spaniard, set to turn 38 this month, suffered an acute myocardial infarction during the training session and was rushed to CUF Hospital, where doctors performed a catheterization.
“Fortunately, (the problem) was diagnosed quickly and the procedures came out well,” Puga said, describing Casillas as “fine, stable, with his characteristic good humor, calm and accompanied by his family.”
The club said earlier that the goalkeeper’s heart problem was “resolved.”
The keeper’s former club, Real Madrid, responded to the news of his heart attack with a statement of support.
“Iker Casillas taught us during his professional career how to overcome the most incredible challenges to bring the club to new heights of glory,” the Blancos organization said of their former long-time captain.
In his 16 years with Real Madrid, Casillas won the UEFA Champions League three times, LaLiga five times, the Copa del Rey twice, the Spanish Super Cup four times and the FIFA Club World Cup twice.
He was just 19 when he hoisted the Champions League trophy for the first time in 2000, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to triumph in Europe’s elite club competition.
With Porto, Casillas has won the 2017-2018 Primeira Liga crown and the 2018 Portugal Super Cup.
Casillas also leads all goalkeepers with 187 Champions League appearances and has posted the highest number of clean sheets in the tournament: 59.
Capped 167 times, Casillas was part of the Spain side that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.
Porto is currently two points behind Primeira Liga leaders Benfica with two matches left in the domestic season.