Saturday November 5 2011
Cassano 'happy and relaxed'

Antonio Cassano is “happy and relaxed” following heart surgery, said FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini after his visit.

The Milan and Italy star has been in hospital for a week after he suffered a form of mini-stroke on the plane back from Rome last Saturday.

It was caused by a small hole between the two atriums in his heart and on Friday morning he underwent surgery to block the gap with a small umbrella, though he could be back on the field in six months.

“Antonio is happy and relaxed,” revealed FIGC Vice-President Albertini this evening.

“The medics were in the hospital room as well. The most important thing is his health and Antonio says that too. He was amazed by all the messages he has received.

“Antonio will only need 15-20 days of complete rest, then he can even start running, if he wants to.”

Cassano will need to be on anti-coagulant drugs for six months to ensure the ‘umbrella' settles into the heart and does not prompt any blood clots.

There are reports that the player asked for fries and bruschetta for lunch today.

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