Mark Fish in Recovery After Heart Attack

  • November 12, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton defender Mark Fish was hospitalised on Saturday, after suffering a heart attack in his native South Africa.

Fish, who made 127 appearances during a three-year spell with Wanderers, between 1997 and 2000, was set to play in a legends match between Orlando Pirates and Manchester United this coming weekend, but will now be forced into spectating from the stands.

The 40-year-old, who also had spells at clubs such as Lazio, Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town during his playing days, retired from the game in 2011.

Commenting on his medical status, Fish said: "I woke up my fiancee, Salome Jansen van Rensburg. She said I looked pale and insisted that we go to hospital.

"I was immediately admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. They did a gastroscopy and angiogram. We're waiting for the results to determine the cause of the heart attack.

"I'm glad it's over and that the tests have been done. I want to start taking better care of myself."

Fish joined Bolton from Lazio in 1997, for a fee of £2million, but left Wanderers under a cloud when he made a £700,000 move to Charlton three years later.

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