Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles, 69, gives thumbs up from hospital bed after successful heart surgery

Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles, 69, gives thumbs up from hospital bed after successful heart surgery

TOTTENHAM legend Ossie Ardiles has given the thumbs up from his hospital bed after undergoing heart surgery.

The 69-year-old, who both played and managed Spurs, went under the knife earlier this week.

But Ardiles seems to be recovering well from the operation, as he shared a photo alongside a nurse, both giving the thumbs up.

The football icon wrote: "My most sincere than you to Mr Uppal and his team and the people of St Barts Hospital.

"I have no words to express my admiration for such an exceptional, amazing work."

Tottenham released their own statement after Ardiles went into hospital.

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The club tweeted: "The club would like to extend its best wishes to our ambassador and legendary former player @osvaldooardiles, who successfully underwent heart surgery this week and is now recovering in hospital.

"Wishing you a speedy recovery, Ossie!"

Ardiles spent 10 years at Tottenham between 1978 and 1988, making 311 appearances for the club.

He won the Uefa Cup with the North London club in 1984 when they beat Anderlecht on penalties.

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He also helped the club reach the 1982 FA Cup final where they went on to lift the trophy against Queens Park Rangers.

At international level, Ardiles was capped 53 times by Argentina and won the World Cup with them in 1978.

After hanging up his boots, he then moved into management and enjoyed stints at Swindon, Newcastle and West Brom.

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