Tottenham and England legend Jimmy Greaves has revealed his devastation to have been told by doctors he will never walk again.
Greaves suffered a life-threatening stroke last May and initially feared he would never be able to talk again after losing his speech. The 76-year-old has won that battle but is still unable to even move his legs despite intensive rehabilitation work.
“I remain in a wheelchair and it’s now likely I will stay this way for the rest of my life,” Greaves told the Sunday People.
“The doctors have told me I won’t walk again and that I will always need ongoing care.
“It was devastating to hear them say that but I will never stop trying to get better – and the main thing is that I’m still here fighting all the way.
“My day-to-day life has changed quite considerably, but there’s no point asking, ‘Why me?’
“I’m not feeling sorry for myself, I’m just taking each day as it comes and trying to make small improvements all the time.
“If I can lift my arm that little bit further than before, that’s an improvement and I can take heart from that.
“My speech has come on a lot and I can communicate on the phone now.
“I’m watching a lot of sport on the TV and I get out of the house with my sons Andy and Danny whenever I can. You have to focus on the positives.
“I’ve still got my sense of humour and I’ve got my family all around me helping me all of the time. There are a lot of people I have to thank, but especially my family.
“They’ve supported me all the way and I couldn’t have got this far without them. I’m realistic about the future but I’ll never give up trying to improve.
“I still have a belief and a hope that I can keep getting better.”