Ex-England striker Andrew Cole has undergone a kidney transplant, his former club, Manchester United has announced.
The 45-year-old, who is now Man U ambassador in a statement released by the club had the kidney transplant at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
The statement reads, ‘Manchester United Ambassador Andrew Cole has undergone a kidney transplant operation at Manchester Royal Infirmary as part of his treatment for a condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.
‘During his recuperation, Andrew will be taking a break from his role as Manchester United Ambassador.
‘Andrew and his family would like to thank the club and fans for their support. They also request that he can continue with his treatment in private, and ask that their privacy is respected.’
Cole, who won 15 caps for England and made 275 appearances for Man U, where he scored 121 goals and won five league titles as well as the 1999 Champions League suffered kidney failure in June 2014 as a result of contracting an airborne virus.