Dominic Matteo: Messages of support from players past and present got me through brain tumour recover

Former Liverpool defender, Dominic Matteo, has passed on his thanks to the club's players, past and present, for supporting him in his recovery from a brain tumour.

Matteo almost died after his diagnosis in November 2019. He first realised something was wrong and sought treatment as his vision started to deteriorate.

Matteo spent eight seasons at Anflield, making 127 appearances Credit: Press Association

A brain scan revealed the scale of the tumour and emergency surgery followed quickly after.

The Scotland international, who made 127 appearances for Liverpool, along with spells with Sunderland, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, has now made a full recovery, but with the loss of some of his vision and is currently relearning how to read and write.

Matteo in action for Leeds United in the Champions League Credit: Press Association

Among the messages of support, one that meant the most to Matteo was from the manager who signed him for Liverpool, Sir Kenny Dalglish.

It meant the world when people were sending messages. I've had so much support from Liverpool and Leeds. Dalglish did me a wonderful message and legends from past were sending brilliant messages. Kenny led that.

Dominic Matteo

Among his thanks were the doctors and nurses who looked after him in his treatment and recovery phases.

Matteo is now focused on getting back to full fitness, and hopes his two former clubs, Liverpool and Leeds United are able to reach the goals that have eluded them for so long, the Premier League trophy and promotion to England's top flight.