Casillas to join Porto staff during heart attack recovery

LISBON (AFP) – Iker Casillas will join the Porto staff while he recovers from the heart attack he suffered two months ago, the Spanish goalkeeper and Portuguese club announced on Monday.

In a statement, Porto said Casillas will be the “liason between the players, coach and management”, a role that could be extended to other functions within the club.

“I’m going to do something different from what I used to do, which was to be on the field. I will try to do my best to help my teammates,” the 38-year-old told the club website.

The former Real Madrid and Spain captain underwent emergency surgery on May 1 after suffering a heart attack during training. He left the hospital five days later, admitting that his professional future was uncertain.

His agent Carlo Cutropia told sports daily O Jogo that he cannot yet resume training and will have to wait for doctors to say whether he can return within “one, two or three months”.

Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas addresses journalists after leaving a hospital in Porto following a heart attack, on May 6. – AFP