Football idol Seeler has to be operated on after a fall

Filed on May 22, 2020 | Last updated on May 22, 2020 at 06.09 pm
Seeler had to struggle with health problems again and again in the past years


Flick also sent best recovery wishes

Great concern for Uwe Seeler: Hamburger SV and several football greats in the country keep their fingers crossed for the striker idol after a serious fall for a quick recovery.

As the HSV confirmed, the 83-year-old honorary captain of the German national team has to undergo an operation on Friday. "Hamburger SV is with Uwe Seeler with his thoughts during these hours," says a club statement. Seeler "fell heavily in his house in Norderstedt and broke his hip, among other things."

Friends and companions were dismayed. "I've known Uwe for so many years now, and I hope it doesn't get too bad," Uli Stein told SID in a first reaction. One knows how dangerous surgeries are in older age: "Of course I keep my fingers crossed for him, I wish him a speedy recovery and that he will come back fit."

His former teammate Horst Schnoor told the Hamburger Morgenpost that he was "totally shocked" by the news. "Uwe is tough, he has survived a lot," said Schnoor: "He has crashed a few times in the past." Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick also sent best recovery wishes to the far north: "He is one of the greatest strikers Germany has ever had, an absolute personality. I wish him all the best and hope that he will be fit again soon."

Seeler, Vice World Champion from 1966, had to struggle with health problems again and again in the past years. Among other things, he is troubled by the consequences of a car accident in 2010, the former striker is suffering from back problems. In 2017, Seeler successfully used a pacemaker.

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