Cudicini on road to recovery as Spurs keeper is released from hospital

20 November 2009 11:55
Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is set to be released from hospital - eight days after his motorbike crash.

The 36-year-old needed surgery on his broken wrists and had a metal plate inserted in his pelvis but his rapid recovery has stunned doctors.

Cudicini will be on crutches for three months but he is expected to play again and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp breathed a sigh of relief for the Italian.

Kicking on: Cudicini has made good progress since his accident

'I went to see him in hospital this week and am amazed how he is doing both physically and mentally,' Redknapp told The Sun.

'He faces a long, hard road back from this but I think he is going to play again and he is convinced of it. He told me so as I sat there on the edge of his bed.

'Looking at him, things certainly could have been far, far worse. There are bandages on his wrists and a couple of marks on his legs. But apart from that nothing really.

'Even his looks are good. Carlo is such a handsome b****r. I told him that even after crashing his motorbike and lying in hospital he still looks like a bloody film star! 'Carlo Cudicini is one lucky guy.

Smashed up: Cudicini's bike was taken away after crashing into the Fiesta

'He will be on crutches for about 12 weeks. I can't imagine he'll play again this season and most of his early rehab work will have to be done at home - he certainly won't be riding a motorcycle again for a while, that's for sure.

'People are understandably wondering why he was riding a motorbike. But the last thing he needs right now is for me to start quizzing him.

'The overriding and immediate priority is to get the bloke back to health.'

Redknapp has been linked with moves for Manchester United's Ben Foster and Watford stopper Scott Loach but he added: 'We have a few keepers on our books. But I am not sure what we will do at present.

'Heurelho Gomes is now in great form and looking really sharp. There has been speculation linking us with several keepers recently but they are pretty much no-goers.'

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Source: Daily_Mail