Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa in Falklands car crash

Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were recovering in a Falklands Island hospital on Tuesday morning after they were involved in a car accident. Ardiles was left needing at least 20 stitches to his head but is "fine".

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Ossie Ardiles' son thought his father was 'in big trouble'

The son of former footballer Ossie Ardiles says he feared the worst for his father after they were both involved in a car accident in the Falklands.

"I thought he was in big trouble to be honest with you," Federico Ardiles said, after seeing the large gash on his father's head.

The former Tottenham star has had some stitches and is likely to be airlifted to a hospital in Buenos Aires for a precautionary scan, Federico added.


Ardiles 'doing well' after suffering severe cuts to head

Ardiles promoting his autobiography in 2009 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ossie Ardiles has sustained severe lacerations to the head, but is progressing well, after being involved in a car crash in the Falklands with former Argentine footballer Ricky Villa.

In a statement released by the Falklands Government, the former Spurs player and manager said: “Thank you to everyone in the Islands who has helped, without exception.

"Thank you to everyone for your concern, I am fine and doing well.”

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Tottenham releases statement following Ardiles and Villa crash

Tottenham Hotspur FC has released a statement following the news that Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were involved in a car accident.

Ardiles, who is also former manager of Newcastle United, and Villa spent 15 years on the playing staff at Tottenham between them.

"All at the club wish Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa speedy recoveries after they were involved in a car accident in the Falklands on Monday evening.

"We have been in touch with Ossie's friends and relatives and have been informed that both Ricky and he were fine, and that Ossie suffered a cut to the head that required stitches, but he remained conscious throughout. Ossie remains in hospital."

– Tottenham Hotspur FC

Ardiles and Villa involved in Falklands car accident

Ricky Villa (left) and Ossie Ardiles pictured in London last year. Credit: PA

Former Argentina and Tottenham footballers Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles have been involved in a car accident on the Falkland Islands on Monday night.

The South Atlantic News Agency said the pair were on the island to film a documentary for ESPN.

A British military helicopter airlifted Ardiles and Villa, both 61, to a hospital in Stanley shortly after the accident occurred at around 9pm local time, according to the MinutoUno news site.

Four of the injured were discharged from hospital while three remain under observation, the report added.


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