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Huddersfield Chairman in hospital for 15 weeks with serious illness

Dean Hoyle - Recovering in hospital Credit: Press Association

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle has been seriously ill in hospital since October.

He has been suffering from an infection of the pancreas after a routine procedure to remove gallstones.

He is still in hospital now, but is being allowed to visit home during the day.

The Chairman became ill with the gallstone problem after Town's Premier League clash with Liverpool in October.

His condition deteriorated with inflammation of the pancreas and then an infection.

Dean Hoyle led Town to the Premier League Credit: Press Association

Dean Hoyle said: "I’m not out of the woods just yet. All being well, I’m now in the last lap of my recovery.

"I plan to attend Saturday’s game against Arsenal, all being well.

"I won’t be able to take my usual seat in the Directors’ Box as I’ll need to stay indoors, but I’m still really looking forward to it."

It had been rumoured that he had been ill for some time, but Huddersfield Town had previously declined to comment as he battled the illness.

I’m desperate to get back to the club, but I must be realistic; this may take a few months. For the first time in a decade, I need to put myself first as I get back to full health.

"I’d also like to thank our wonderful supporters for the many cards and messages I’ve received; it’s been totally overwhelming.

– Dean Hoyle - Huddersfield Town Chairman
Huddersfield Chairman thanked fans and well wishers Credit: Press Association