Ardiles grateful for support

23 January 2014 10:01

Ossie Ardiles has given details of his road accident in the Falkland Islands - and thanked well-wishing Tottenham fans for their support as his recovery continues.

The 61-year-old Argentinian's vehicle - which also contained fellow international and former Tottenham midfielder Ricky Villa and son Freddy, plus another four passengers - overturned on Monday.

Ardiles was kept in the King Edward VII Hospital in Port Stanley and needed 35 stitches in a head wound, but is now resting with family and friends in Argentina.

On Tottenham's official website he said: "I can only say thank you to all the Tottenham fans for their messages of support. Thank you very much for the concern and the best wishes.

"It was a huge accident. I was driving. This reinforced the thought that my Spurs mates always have about me: I cannot drive!

"Ricky was my co-pilot and we were saved because we were using our seat-belts. My son Freddy was in the car as well, plus four crewmen.

"We lost control of the car and we overturned. We were like in a cocktail, up and down, up and down, until we finally we stopped with a bang.

"It is a miracle that no one was badly injured. Ricky had just a little bruising - always a lucky man! I had lots of tests, no internal injuries and 35 stitches later, I am okay now.

"After the accident, I was the main concern because I was losing a lot of blood. However, when I saw the RAF helicopter, I knew my ordeal was over.

"From there to the Intensive Care Unit in the King Edward VII hospital in Port Stanley where we were looked after superbly by everybody.

"I am in Cordoba now in the house of my brother, resting with family and friends. I will be back in London next week and hope to see you all at White Hart Lane."

Ardiles signed for Tottenham in 1978 from Huracan, winning the FA Cup with them in 1981.

He headed to Paris St Germain for a year on loan during the Falklands War, but returned to help the club to the UEFA Cup in 1984, playing a total of 311 times for the north London side.

Ardiles also had a brief and unsuccessful spell as manager, but he is still revered by Spurs fans and is a regular at the club's games.

He was in the Falkland Islands filming a documentary at the time of the accident.

Source: PA