Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier set to leave hospital within three days

The Frenchman reveals he was 'extremely touched' by messages of support and people's reactions throughout the world of football
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is expected to be released from hospital in two to three days, a statement on the clubs official website has revealed.

The Frenchman thanked fans from around the country for the messages of support he received after being admitted to hospital last Wednesday after complaining of chest pains.

“I am extremely touched by all the messages I have received and by the reaction of people throughout the world of football. It has been overwhelming actually," said Houllier.

“I'm especially grateful to the Villa fans for their genuine concern and encouragement and to the fans of clubs up and down the country.

“There has been a groundswell of good will and I appreciate this so much.”

The 63-year-old also thanked the club's players and staff for their good wishes and congratulated them for Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Stoke.

Houllier added: “I'm grateful to my players for their texts and messages and, of course, for their efforts in extending our recent unbeaten run on Saturday against Stoke and also to Gary McAllister and the rest of my staff - the team behind the team - for stepping in and taking the reins at this time.

"I'm grateful, too, to my managerial colleagues who have taken the time to get in touch with me.

Despite spending time in hospital Houllier believes he is well on the road to recovery, adding: “My condition is improving and extremely encouraging.

“Dr. Mark Waller, the club's doctor, is better placed to explain things from a medical viewpoint, so suffice to say again that I am very moved by the fact that so many people have me in their thoughts just now."

Dr. Waller insists Houllier will be released from hospital by the end of the week.

“Gerard was admitted to hospital on Wednesday last week after complaining of chest pain. The cause of his chest pain was a dissection of the descending aorta," he said.

“All the tests have confirmed that his heart is working perfectly.

“We are extremely encouraged by Gerard's improvement over the past six days and we now anticipate that he will be discharged from the coronary care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital within the next three to four days."

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