Jimmy Greaves
Jimmy Greaves (left) had undergone surgery following a minor stroke in 2012Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur legend Jimmy Greaves has been admitted to the hospital in the intensive care unit after suffering from a severe stroke on Sunday.

The 75-year-old, who had made a full recovery after undergoing a surgery on an artery in his neck, following a minor stroke in 2012, was rushed to the hospital after suffering from another stoke on Sunday.

His family confirmed the news via a statement released to the media.

"Football legend Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday 3 May, and is in intensive care in hospital," read the statement.

 "His wife, Irene, and four children have asked for privacy during what is a worrying time for the family. They will issue a bulletin on his condition when it is appropriate.

"England's greatest ever goal scorer was 75 on February 20, and has been working regularly on the personal appearances circuit in harness with his friend and agent Terry Baker.

"Jimmy had a minor stroke in 2012, but appeared to have made a full recovery. He was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on May 13 at a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane. This is all we wish to say at the present time."

Greaves' former club Tottenham, where he is currently the all time highest goal scorer with 266 goals in 379 matches in all competitions, also released a statement wishing him a speedy recovery on their official website.

"The thoughts and best wishes of everyone at the Club are with Jimmy Greaves and his family after the legendary striker suffered a severe stroke yesterday (Sunday, May 3). He is in intensive care in hospital," the statement concluded. 

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