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Football legend Kenny hails caring NHS as he recovers


Sir Kenny Dalglish

Sir Kenny Dalglish


Sir Kenny Dalglish

Sir Kenny Dalglish has thanked NHS workers for their care after leaving hospital following a positive test for the coronavirus.

The 69-year-old was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment on gallstones, but was then found to have Covid-19 despite not showing any symptoms.

The former Celtic, Liverpool and Scotland forward is now recovering in self-isolation at home.

"I'm delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever," Sir Kenny said in a statement on the Liverpool website.

"Marina and I would like to express our immense gratitude to the medical staff who cared for me and who continue to treat countless others throughout the country during an incredibly challenging period.

"I know the sun is shining for many of you, but I urge you to stay home and follow the Government guidelines to the letter.

"This is undoubtedly the best way that we can look after one another at this time.

"We will now be in full lockdown for the recommended amount of time in order to protect the lives of others."

Sir Kenny won eight league championships and three European Cups across spells as player and manager for Liverpool, while also guiding Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1994-95.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said there is "total agreement" that there must be a proper end to the Premier League season.

In a lengthy statement to supporters in which he thanked NHS workers and others who are combating the crisis, Hodgson said: "Everyone is in total agreement we need an end to this season.

"We don't want artificial means of deciding who wins the league, who gets into the Champions League, who gets relegated and promoted."

The 72-year-old said he believed players would ideally want three to four weeks to prepare for a return, but added: "I accept there may have to be a squeeze on that time frame."

Belfast Telegraph