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Football community in shock after father-of-two suffers stroke at home
MESSAGES of goodwill have been made for a 35-year-old footballer who suffered a stroke.
Michael White was at home with his wife Amy-Jane in Wareham when he started having problems with his vision and balance and then suffered a stroke and had to be taken to hospital.
His memory was affected and he is often now tired but Amy-Jane said he is getting better “slowly but surely” back at home.
“He’s recovering well and everyone is really pleased with his progress,” she said.
“With strokes you don’t know the full extent for a few months so we don’t know if there’s been any permanent damage.
“But we are hoping that a full recovery is on the cards.”
Michael is a welder who now plays football for Wareham Rangers.
Tom Killick, manager at Poole Town, said the football community has been shocked at the news.
He said: “I’m really pleased it’s looking positive for him now.
“He is such a decent guy who is universally liked.
“The good thing is that he’s got a really strong and close family.
“And all of us at Poole wish him a speedy recovery.”
Alex Pike managed Michael at Hamworthy and at Gosport, where he was part of a championship winning team.
“Michael is a role model to anybody and one of the fittest players I’ve come across,” he said.
“It makes you think because we all drive ourselves towards results when really we are a football family and when something like this happens it brings us closer.
“He’s certainly been in my prayers since I heard the news.”
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