By Will Butcher
Former Liverpool star Michael Owen has revealed that he is “delighted” former team-mate Rigobert Song is recovering in hospital.
It was revealed by the BBC Sport website on Tuesday morning that the now 40-year-old had come out of a two-day coma, after suffering a cerebral attack.
Following the news, Owen posted a message of support to the Cameroon international via his personal Twitter account, describing the sudden attack as “shocking”.
Song spent almost two years at Anfield after signing from Italian outfit Salernitana, helping the Reds keep 10 clean sheets during his 35 league and cup appearances for the Merseyside giants.
Song also spent two years at West Ham during a 16-year professional career, after opting to leave Merseyside towards the end of 2000.
The former Galatasaray stopper has also represented his country an impressive 137 times after making his debut in 1993 aged 17, and has been working as a coach for Cameroon’s football federation following his departure as Chad coach.
Song, who also had spells with Metz, Trabzonspor and Lens, made a total of 422 professional club appearances throughout his 16-year long career.
Owen played with Song during Liverpool’s 1999/2000 campaign, scoring 12 goals in Song’s only full season at Anfield to fire the club into the Champions League.
The England legend went on to win the Ballon d’Or in 2001, after winning the Uefa Cup and FA Cup at the end of the 2000/01 season in which Song featured four times.