Iker Casillas included in Porto squad for new season just THREE months after suffering heart attack
- Iker Casillas has been registered in Porto’s squad ahead of the 2019-20 season
- The 38-year-old will travel with Porto ahead of their opening game at Gil Vicente
- He suffered a heart attack in training on May 1 and spent five days in hospital
- Reports in Portugal initially claimed he would announce his retirement
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who suffered a heart attack in May, has been registered by the club to play in this season’s Portuguese league.
The 38-year-old former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper features in the Porto squad list which has been published on the league’s official website ahead of their opening game away to Gil Vicente on Saturday.
Casillas, who captained Spain to their only World Cup triumph in 2010 and played 725 games for Real Madrid before joining Porto in 2015, suffered a heart attack in a training session on May 1 and spent five days in hospital.
Iker Casillas has been registered as a player in Porto’s squad for the 2019-20 campaign
Two weeks later, Portuguese sports newspaper O Jogo suggested that Casillas would shortly announce his retirement.
However, in July, Porto said that Casillas had been given a role on the team’s technical staff ‘while he recovers from his health problem.’
‘I’m going to do something different than I usually did, which was to be on the pitch,’ Casillas told Porto Canal last month.
Casillas has fought back bravely after he suffered a shock heart attack just three months ago
‘I’ll try to make the connection between the team and the club.
‘The manager talked to me last season when my situation happened and he told me that he wanted me to stay with them, close to the players, near the younger players, because there would be a lot of changes. I will try to do my best to help my team-mates.’
Casillas evidently harboured ambitions of a return when he told reporters: ‘We will prepare to do the best possible at the beginning of the season.
Casillas addresses the media after spending five days at CUF Porto Hospital
‘We already have several weeks of work but there are still a couple of weeks left for the first official matches.
‘May we all have a great season together so that we can win the championship, the cups and do the best in Europe.’
Porto last month signed Argentine goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin from Mexico City club America and the 31-year-old made his debut on Wednesday in the 1-0 win away to Krasnodar in a Champions League qualifying match.
Casillas wants to help the famous Portuguese club be as successful as possible this season