It’s always sad when a football legend suffers illness and it makes it worse when it is one of our own.
Neil Young is a true City legend, famed for his dashing runs on the wing and goal scorer at Wembley in 1969, when City beat Leicester City 1-0 in the FA Cup final.
But today, Neil faces a battle to save his left leg after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis of the left leg for a second time. Three years ago, Neil underwent emergency surgery after being diagnosed with DVT and the procedure carried out at Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle appeared to be successful.
Unfortunately, the same symptoms returned and Young has been warned that, should a second vein transplant fail, the only other option would be amputation of his famous left leg.
“If an amputation is required then so be it, I’ll just have to grin and bear it,” says the City hero, who once had to have 50 stitches in his leg following a horror tackle. “My left leg was sliced open from knee to ankle by a tackle and the medics had to put 50 stitches in to seal the wound,” he says, recalling the incident.
66 year old Young made over 300 appearances for City and was part of the golden era which saw the blues triumph at home and abroad and was part of the team that included the famous Lee, Bell and Summerbee trio.
We’d like to wish Neil all the very best and hope the surgery goes well for you.
If you were fortunate enough to see Neil Young in action, share your memories with us. We will also soon be running a feature on Neil’s playing career in our Heroes and Villains section, so keep a look out for that.
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