EX-Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez has sent an emotional message to his fans after suffering a heart scare aged 36.
Initially, it was reported that the Chilean had suffered from a heart attack and was taken to hospital in his homeland.
However, Gonzalez took to Instagram to deny the claim – and revealed he suffered a mild pericarditis, which is an inflammation of lining around the heart.
He also thanked his followers for their support, as he steps up his recovery at home.
He said in a video message: "Hi guys, how are you? I want to thank all of you for each one of your messages of support, love and good vibes on what happened.
"I had a mild pericarditis [inflammation of lining around heart] – you can Google it and read more about it.
"I really appreciate each one of your messages. It makes me strong and makes me come out of these tough moments.
"But I am at home thank God, with my family. Thank you very much for the love and support I receive every day.
"See you around and thanks a lot."
His wife Maura Rivera also posted on Instagram the "shock" of the incident and the family had "days filled with uncertainty" in a message.
Gonzalez's former team mates also lent their support to the former Reds star.
Jerzy Dudek wrote on Instagram: "Amigo! Can’t believe! One of the fittest player in the team, including @jariiseofficial. Be positive and take care champ".
While Sami Hypia sent a picture of a heart emoji.
Gonzalez joined Liverpool in 2005, but was initially loaned out to Real Sociedad after failing to gain a work permit.
He made 36 appearances for the club in his career, scoring three goals, before joining Real Betis in 2007.
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