Glenn Hoddle is amazing friends with his speedy recovery just two weeks after having a heart attack in the BT studios on his 61st birthday.
Doctors have also said the former player and coach will have ‘no problem’ returning to work as a TV pundit when his recovery is complete.
It is believed the 61-year-old had heart bypass surgery and has been chatting to and texting friends and family from his hospital bed, leaving doctors ‘hugely optimistic’.
Glenn Hoddle was presented with a cake from Robbie Savage on his 61st birthday on air
A source close to the father-of-three told The Sun: ‘It’s been a very difficult time but if everything goes to plan he will be back on his feet before long.
‘He’s been told if it’s successful he will have no problem getting back to the pundit work his fans love him for.’
Just two weeks ago, things were looking bleak for the former England boss after he had to be air lifted from BT studios to hospital.
A sound technician had to perform first aid on Hoddle before he was stretchered out of the studios in East London.
Well wishes flooded in from current and former players like Gary Lineker and Ian Wright.
The source added: ‘He is one of football’s best-loved former players.
Glenn Hoddle on the ‘UEFA Euro 2016’ TV show two years ago
‘He was a battler on the pitch so it’s hardly surprising he is fighting to get back to his feet.’
A heart bypass involves doctors taking veins from the leg or the arm and grafting on to the heart’s coronary arteries to boost blood flow to the heart.
It is believed that before his surgery, Hoddle was fitted with a stent, a small balloon inserted to widen an artery.
Tributes flooded in after the news of Hoddle’s heart-attack broke, including from BT Sport and Tottenham Hotspur’s official Twitter pages
Liverpool and Rangers legend Graeme Souness suffered a heart attack in 2015 and had to undergo a similar surgery to Hoddle’s.
Former US President Bill Clinton also famously underwent the same surgery.
Hoddle had been playing keepy-uppy on BT Sport show Saturday Morning Savage moments before he suffered his heart attack.
Hoddle had been playing keepy-uppy moments before Hoddle suffered a heart attack
He had to be given mouth-to-mouth by a crew member amid fears that he had died.
It was reported that Hoddle’s face turned blue as he fell backwards to the floor and cracked his head.
Hoddle earned 53 England caps during his career and made his name in the 1970s and 80s as a midfield playmaker with Tottenham. He spent 12 years with the London club before joining Monaco.