TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 12: Sporting director of Roma Walter Sabatini looks on prior to the Serie A match between Torino FC and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on April 12, 2015 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Walter Sabatini has returned to his role at Sampdoria after being rushed to hospital in September with breathing problems

The 63-year-old sustained some very serious respiratory problems, due to being a regular smoker, and was rushed into hospital in September.

But Sabatini is now fully recovered and ready to get back into his role as director of football at Sampdoria after suspending his “relationship with cigarettes”.

“The doctors have won, so, for now, I’ve suspended my relationship with cigarettes,” Sabatini told Il Secolo XIX.

“I’m fine and the worst is behind me. I can’t express myself fully, but I feel good and I’m happy to be back.

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“It’s been a tough few months for me, both in the hospital and at home, and I certainly missed working on the field.

“For now don’t ask me about the transfer market. We’ll have the chance to talk about it in the next few days.”

Sabatini formerly played as a midfielder during his playing days for the likes of Perugia, AS Roma and Parma.

Meanwhile, Sampdoria will return to action from the winter break this Saturday against AC Milan in a Coppa Italia last-16 match.