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Ex-Toon keeper Srnicek suffers a cardiac arrest

By Staff Reporter

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek is in a critical condition in hospital in the Czech Republic after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The 47-year-old, who made 150 appearances for the Magpies between 1991 and 1998, collapsed while out jogging on Sunday night.

Srnicek's agent Steve Wraith said he believed he stopped breathing for 20 minutes before being revived, but is expected to remain in a medically induced coma.

"He's at hospital, the best place for him," said Wraith. "He's in a coma and they're monitoring him. He is stable but still critical and we're all hoping things will improve."

The Czech Republic international also had stints with Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham before making a return to Newcastle in 2006.

Newcastle tweeted: "Our best wishes go to @PavelSrnicekUK, who has been taken to hospital today. Get well soon, Pav. #NUFC".

Srnicek retired after his second stint at Newcastle in 2007, and took up a series of coaching roles in his native Czech Republic.

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