A former Liverpool player was rushed to hospital this week it has been confirmed so that he could have emergency surgery.
Luis Alberto, who was with the Merseyside outfit between 2013 and 2016, was rushed to hospital for an emergency appendectomy.
His current club Lazio confirmed that the 28 year old Spanish playmaker had to go under the knife to remove his appendix after feeling sudden extreme pain in his torso while at home with his family.
He was linked with a move to Everton in November 2020 due his impressive performances, and he remains on many of clubs’ radar in the January transfer window.
“Luis Alberto underwent emergency surgery at the Clinica Paideia for acute appendicitis this evening,” read a statement.
“The operation, which was a complete success, was performed by Doctor Marco Catarci and his team in the presence of Doctor Fabio Rodia.
“The player will be monitored in the clinic to calculate how long it will be before he can resume his sporting activity.”
The ex-Sevilla youngster has posted a message online to concerned fans thanking them for their love and support as well as adding he’ll be back playing in no time.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 8, 2013
Alberto said: “Thank you all for your messages and for your concern.
“I’m already resting and recovering. Soon you will see me again on the pitch fighting with my teammates.”
Reports claim that he will miss for at least seven to ten days while he recovers from the dramatic ordeal.
Ever since joining Lazio, Alberto has gone on to score each of the last five Serie A season, getting 32 goals in 155 games for Lazio during his four-and-a-half year spell.
He started his career at Sevilla and has also spent time on loan with Barcelona’s B side, Malaga and Deportivo.
However, Premier League fans remember his best for his time at Liverpool for the 2013/4 campaign.
The versatile technician played a total of 12 times in the first team under Brendan Rodgers.
And after a few loan spells, Liverpool decided to sell Alberto permanently to Lazio for just £3.5m in 2016.
The transfer eventually worked out to be quite a bargain for the Rome based club, who have been one of Serie A’s best teams in the last couple of seasons.
Alberto had even been linked with a move to Barcelona in 2018 due to his impressive performances, however he decided to extend his Lazio deal until 2025 just 18 months ago.
He will miss the club’s upcoming games against Parma and Sassuolo, and could even miss the match against Atalanta at the end of the month.
The aim is to have Luis Alberto fully fit by the 7th of February, when his side face Cagliari. His condition is to be monitored on a daily basis just to make sure he doesn’t suddenly fall ill again post-op.
Here he was just a few weeks back, keeping up his fitness as he continues his fine form in Serie A…
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Current Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk said that he nearly died in 2012 after suffering with appendicitis, peritonitis and a kidney infection.
His reserve team coach and mentor Dick Lukkien reveals just how close Van Dijk came to death.
“Virgil was ill, but we didn’t know the extent – at first we thought he had the flu. He was at home for a few days and in lots of pain.
“He went to the local hospital but they couldn’t find anything, so sent him back home again. The pain got worse and when his mum travelled to see him, she realised how bad the situation was.
“She took him to another hospital, which turned out to be crucial.”
Surgeons performed a life-saving operation on him, though he was still in serious danger.
“I still remember lying in that bed,” he recalled a few months later. “The only thing I could see were tubes dangling out from me.
“My body was broken and I couldn’t do anything. At such a moment, the worst scenarios are whizzing around your head. For the first time in my life, football was very much a side issue. My life was at risk.
“My mum and I prayed to God and discussed possible scenarios. At some point I had to sign some papers. It was a kind of testament. If I died, a part of my money would go to my mum.
“Of course, nobody wanted to talk about it, but we had to do that. It could have been over.”
“I was shocked,” says Lukkien. “When he returned to the club he had changed from a big man into a shrivelled person. Luckily he managed to recover quite quickly.”
Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier and Troy Parrott also had to go straight to hospital in the last few years to get their appendix out following strong pain.
Fans reacted after seeing that the former Liverpool player had been rushed to hospital for emergency surgery…
Appendicitis is a routine operation if done early but if it’s allowed to develop untreated can be serious. Virgil van Dijk was in a critical condition at 17yrs old with a burst appendix and even signed a Will to his mother in his hospital bed. Said he “looked death in the eye”. https://t.co/eJ2BScw6LE
— Red (@TaintlessRed) January 19, 2021
@TaintlessRed: Get well soon Luis Alberto. Has been great for Lazio and a big creative force in Serie A. Edwards saw what Rodgers didn’t.
@lfcjason1: Get well soon @10_luisalberto
@ForeverAYellow: Really wish him a speedy recovery, sounds like a horrid ordeal to go through
@Wah_Siang: Get well soon! YNWA!
@LFC_Suby: Oh fuck hope he gets better
@el_polacco: Get well soon Luis. Best Regards
@n_danny08: Ynwa Luis
@tifosidownunder: Luis Alberto recovering well in hospital.
@TheRomanEagle3: Get well soon, Champ.