AC Milan and Italy forward
Antonio Cassano issued an open letter to his well-wishers
on Monday, saying their support had cheered him up suffering an
illness which will sideline him for several months.
The 29-year-old underwent minor heart surgery last Friday
after falling ill on the plane back from a match at AS Roma,
putting him out of action during one of the best spells of his
"I wanted to express my personal gratitude and that of my
family for the extraordinary affection which has been shown
towards me in the last few days," Cassano wrote in the letter
published on the club's website.
"The difficulties and sadness have been mitigated by so many
demonstrations of affection from all over the world," added
Cassano, who received messages of support from former club Real
Madrid and arch-rivals Inter Milan.
"I will observe a rest period at home and I will be glued to
the television to follow the fortunes of my Milan and the
"A big hug to everyone and thank you."
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