The Centre Cardio-Thoracique de Monaco had some positive news that ex-Tottenham and Newcastle winger David Ginola had successful surgery after being admitted to their Cardiac Unit on Thursday night; and is expected to make a full recovery.

Professor Gilles Dreyfus told Sky Sports News: “He had a heart attack on the pitch while playing football with friends and was given CPR immediately.

“The emergency services arrived within eight minutes. He was shocked with a defibrillator several times to establish a regular heart beat.”

Ginola was extremely fortunate according to Dreyfus after friends on the pitch gave the Frenchman CPR where he had collapsed, he also praised the emergency services too.

Thankfully there was no damage to his brain and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Professor Dreyfus added: “The operation was a success he is now awake, talking and has been seen by his family. There is no brain damage, no impaired heart function and he should make a full recovery.”

“He is very lucky,” he said.

“He had almost the perfect chain of events after collapse to give him the best chance of a full recovery.”

Ginola tweeted earlier this afternoon thanking everyone for their support.