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Edwin van der Sar Provides Health Update: Former Manchester United Goalkeeper Recovering after Brain Bleed


Edwin van der Sar Provides Update on Health: Former Manchester United Goalkeeper Out of Intensive Care Following Brain Bleed

Former Manchester United and Ajax goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has shared an update on his health after being admitted to the hospital two weeks ago with a brain bleed. The 52-year-old, who was on holiday in Croatia at the time, was initially in intensive care but has now revealed that he is out of the unit and will continue his recovery at home next week.

Van der Sar, a former Netherlands international, was transferred to a Dutch hospital after being taken ill while on vacation. In a statement posted on Twitter, he expressed his gratitude for the well-wishes and support he has received: “I’m happy to share that I’m no longer in the intensive care unit. However, I’m still in the hospital. I hope to go home next week and take the next step in my recovery.”

The news of Van der Sar’s health scare had initially caused concern among fans and the football community. However, his wife Annemarie van Kesteren, speaking on behalf of the family in a statement issued by Ajax last week, reassured everyone that his condition was not life-threatening.

During his career, Van der Sar made a total of 266 appearances for Manchester United, where he achieved tremendous success. He won three Premier League titles and played a crucial role in the club’s triumph in the 2008 Champions League final. His exceptional performances and leadership made him a beloved figure among the fans.

In addition to his achievements on the pitch, Van der Sar held an influential position off the field as well. He served as the chief executive of Ajax, his former club, for almost eleven years. However, he decided to step down from his role in May following Ajax’s failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 14 years.

In his farewell statement, Van der Sar expressed his gratitude for the experiences and accomplishments he shared with the club during his tenure. He also mentioned the challenges faced along the way and the need for a break: “I feel the need to take some distance, to get some rest, and to do other things. It doesn’t feel good to take decisions about the future of this wonderful club in the coming period. That is why I have decided to resign.”

Van der Sar’s update on his health brings a sense of relief to fans and the football community alike. The outpouring of support and well-wishes for his recovery continues, as everyone looks forward to seeing him regain his strength and return to good health in the weeks to come.


Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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