In an Instagram post, former Netherlands goalie Edwin van der Sar stated that he had been released from an urgent care unit and hoped to go home the next week as he recovered from a brain bleed.
While on vacation in Croatia, the 52-year-old former player for Manchester United and Ajax was initially checked into a hospital in Split.
Van der Sar wrote in the post on Tuesday, “First of all, we want to thank everyone for all the amazing and encouraging remarks.
I’m delighted to report that I’ve left the intensive care unit. But I’m still in the hospital. I’m hoping to return home the following week and move forward with my recovery.
The message was van der Sar’s first direct exchange since being taken to an intensive care unit in Croatia on July 7 due to a brain hemorrhage. His wife and Ajax have previously provided updates on his health.
The goalie, who helped Manchester United win the Champions League in 2008 following a penalty shootout, left the Netherlands last week.
First of all, we want to thank everyone for all the great and supportive messages.
I’m happy to share that I’m no longer in the intensive care unit. However, I’m still in hospital. I hope to go home next week and take the next step in my recovery! pic.twitter.com/3LSNC72ki0
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) July 18, 2023
After 130 international outings for his country and a club career that saw him win the Champions League with both Ajax and United, Van der Sar announced his retirement from sport.
He also spent time with Fulham and Juventus in addition to winning four Premier League championships with United.
He resigned as director general of the Amsterdam club at the end of the season and afterwards joined the Ajax board, claiming exhaustion from serving on the club’s board for more than ten years.