Monday November 7 2011
Cassano grateful for support received

Antonio Cassano has written a letter expressing his gratitude for the support he has received in the last few days.

After falling ill on the return journey from Milan's Week 10 game away at Roma, the forward was diagnosed with a minor congenital heart problem that he has since undergone surgery to cure.

Following his admittance to hospital, the striker has received many visitors and messages offering support.

Published on Milan's official website, the striker has thanked everyone and promised a speedy return to action. It is unclear if the player will be back in time for the end of the season.

“Dear friends, I just wanted to express my gratitude, on behalf of myself and my family, for the well wishes that have poured in over the last few days,” he noted.

“Whatever sadness or difficulty I felt was soon replaced by the show of affection from people all over the world.

“The President Silvio Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani, Massimiliano Allegri, the doctors Tavana and Mazzoni, all the staff, my teammates and everyone involved at Milan have constantly been close to me.

“Thanks to them and the doctors who have taken care of me I was able to face this strange 'injury' with courage.

“I would like to send out a hug to all those who have shown their support and made me feel important by coming to the Policlinico of Milan or through the numerous messages sent to me.

“I would like to dedicate a huge thank you to all the people at Real Madrid, particularly the President Florentino Perez and the Coach Josè Mourinho."

Real Madrid's players wore 'Forza Cassano' t-shirts before their weekend game with Osasuna as a message of support for the former Merengues striker.

“Now I will rest as much as possible at home and will be glued to the television when Milan are playing, or when Italy are playing.

“Also I will be following the developments in Genoa, a city that remains in my heart and that I know will soon recover from problems of recent days.

“I will do the same and I promise that I will be back on the pitch as soon as possible.”

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