FC Porto manager Sergio Conceicao revealed he didn’t initially believe Iker Casillas’ heart attack was very serious.
Real Madrid legend Casillas was submitted to the hospital on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack during training in Portugal.
Casillas underwent emergency surgery, where he had a heart catheterization. Fortunately, the 37-year-old is in a stable condition with his wife, Sara Carbonero, announcing this afternoon he could be discharged from the hospital on Monday.
And now Conceicao has spoken on the shocking events on Wednesday, where he admitted Casillas’ symptoms initially seemed harmless.
“When it happened I must say we didn’t think it was very serious, we thought it was just some indisposition like sometimes happens,” said Conceicao, according to Goal.
“But after 15, 20 minutes of training we were not so focused because of that situation and in the end we had the news, the doctor called me and that was when I felt the team was shocked with what happened.
Todo controlado por aquí, un susto grande pero con las fuerzas intactas. Muchísimas gracias a todos por los mensajes y el cariño 😃💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/i3TXsELUGD
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) May 1, 2019
“At that moment we were apprehensive when we had knowledge of the seriousness of the situation. But, fortunately, Iker is well and the team is with him and extremely united for him and for his family. Because football is part of life, but life itself is much more important than anything else.
“The team obviously feels the same way when a health problem or something similar happens to someone in the team, the team is very united and they felt it like it was happening to them.”
Casillas will be out for the remainder of Porto’s campaign, with doubts beginning to creep in on whether his playing days have ended after such a serious health scare.
For now, though, Porto’s main focus lies on Saturday’s Primeira Liga match against Desportivo Aves. The Dragons need a victory to keep the pressure on leaders Benfica, who hold a two-point lead ahead of the final three games.