Former Spurs skipper Mabbutt rushed to hospital after circulation blockage in leg
12:59 GMT, 21 March 2013
14:05 GMT, 21 March 2013
Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Mabbutt was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation on a circulation blockage in his left leg.
The former captain was omitted to King's College Hospital, London, where he had a successful peripheral artery bypass operation. He will remain in hospital for two weeks while he recovers.
In a statement Tottenham said: 'The club are delighted to report that Gary Mabbutt is now making a successful recovery from an emergency operation to cure a circulation blockage in his left leg.
Crowning moment: Gary Mabbutt lifts the FA Cup in 1991
Everybody at the club would like to wish him a full and speedy recovery, while Gary himself would like to thank his dedicated medical team and staff at King's College.'
Mabbutt, who started his career at Bristol Rovers in 1979, spent 16 years at Tottenham between 1982 and 1998.
At the north London club he won the 1984 UEFA Cup and lifted the FA Cup as captain in 1991.
Concern: Mabbutt was rushed to hospital after a circulation blockage
He made more than 450 appearances for Spurs and also won 16 caps for England.
The 51-year-old broke his leg in the opening game of the 1996-97 season, did not play again that year and decided to retire from the game at the end of the following campaign.
In his last match for the club he was made captain for the final nine minutes.
At the time of his retirement, aged 37, he was the longest-serving player at Tottenham.
Former Spurs team-mate Gary Lineker added on Twitter: 'Gary Mabbutt has had emergency surgery. Don't know details, but I do know there is no man more gutsy than Mabbs. Get well soon.'