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TOMMY GEMMELL THANKS WELL-WISHERS

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CELTIC legend Tommy Gemmell is making a good recovery after suffering a broken hip in a freak accident last month.

The Lisbon Lion, 72, was taken to Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert following a fall at his Dunblane home.

He said yesterday: “I can hardly believe I damaged my left hip in such a simple accident while watching the telly.

“My feet gave way as I got out of my chair, I slipped awkwardly and clattered my side off the coffee table.

“I was out for the count. Thankfully, though, I was whisked off to hospital and went through surgery fairly swiftly.

“So, it’s all about being patient now, getting my strength back in my legs and then I’ll be back in circulation.

“But I would like to thank all the players, past and present, and the many fans for all their good wishes and cards. They are much appreciated, believe me.”

Gemmell, who scored the crucial equalising goal when the Parkhead side became the first British team to conquer Europe as they overcame Inter Milan 2-1 in the Portuguese capital on May 25, 1967, took time off from his rehabilitation to joke.

He grinned: “I was in the gym this morning for a bit of exercise.

“I have to admit it was a wee bit tricky with my dodgy hip, but, once you’ve undergone training with Big Jock Stein at Celtic for a few years, you’re ready for anything!”

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