Former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo given all clear after brain scan

Former Liverpool and Leeds defender Dominic Matteo has revealed he has fully recovered from his brain tumour.

The 45-year-old had surgery in November to remove the growth and has undergone six months of rehabilitation.

Matteo revealed the news on Twitter on Thursday and thanked the staff at Leeds General Infirmary and St James's Hospital.

"Yesterday I got THE phone call, the one I've been praying for… my brain scan is clear," the former Scotland international tweeted.

"After 6 months of fear pain rehab surgery and treatment. I'm healthy! It feels unreal!

"The LGI &St James hospital saved my life. They were simply incredible. Thankyou will never be enough!"

Matteo, who retired in 2007, played 155 times for the Reds between 1992 and 2000, having come through the Merseyside club's academy.

Speaking about his Liverpool spell, the former footballer admitted he never wanted to leave Anfield for pastures new.

Speaking last year, Matteo said: "I didn’t want to leave Liverpool, that’s the truth. I had five years left on my contract. Me and Houllier didn’t get on.

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