Five-year ex-Arsenal striker undergoes corrective heart surgery

Nwankwo Kanu has had a corrective operation in the United States over the weekend.

It has been revealed that former Arsenal and Portsmouth striker Nwankwo Kanu had corrective cardiac surgery in the United States over the weekend.

The retired Nigerian striker had problems with his heart while playing for Inter, and has since been forced to undergo regular check-ups.

At an annual check a problem appeared, forcing the African to undergo surgery in Cleveland, Ohio over the weekend.

Onyebuchi Abia, the co-ordinator of the Kanu Heart Foundation, has confirmed that the former striker is recovering after the procedure.

“It was a corrective heart surgery,” Abia told Nigerian newspapers, printed in The National.

“He normally goes for a medical check-up annually and it was during one of such checks he was operated on to correct a heart-related issue.

“He is now recuperating. I spoke to him on Sunday.”

Kanu spent five years in North London, playing 119 Premier League games and scoring 30 goals.

He also represented his country on 86 occasions, scoring 13 times.

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