Rigobert Song fighting for life in hospital after suffering stroke
By Chris MacRae
Last Updated: 04/10/16 7:16am
Former Liverpool and West Ham United defender Rigobert Song is fighting for his life after suffering a stroke in Cameroon.
Song, 40, was taken to hospital in Yaoude, the Cameroon capital, after suffering from a brain aneurysm and is reportedly in a critical condition. It is understood there are plans to move him to France for more specialised care should his condition allow.
He made 35 appearances for Liverpool before joining West Ham in November 2000. He went on to play for Galatasaray, Lens, Metz and Trabzonspor before retiring in 2010.
He is Cameroon's most capped player, a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics being the high point of his 137-match international career.
Rigobert is the uncle of former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, and was until recently the manager of the Chad national team.
Former Liverpool team-mates Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler paid tribute on social media, with Carragher saying: "Hope everything ends up okay."
Fowler said: "My thoughts with Rigobert Song and family. I hope he pulls through."
Fellow Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o posted a picture of Song with the caption: "I wish you a lot of courage and a speedy recovery big brother!"