Carlo Cudicini has today (Friday) been discharged from hospital and would like to express his thanks for all the messages of support he has received in the last week.
The goalkeeper underwent surgery last Friday on his right wrist and pelvis following his involvement in a road accident. The operations were successful and the 36-year-old is already mobile with the assistance of forearm crutches and hugely positive over his progress.
"The current position is that the operations went very well and I am already moving my wrist," reported Carlo first thing today. "This morning I met the hand surgeon and he would like to see me again on December 18 and, if everything is okay, I will no longer need any protection on the right wrist and I will be able to move it like the other one.
"Regarding the pelvis, I am still waiting to see the surgeon later on, but from what he said to me last time he would like to check on me every month and, at the end of the 12 weeks, now 11, I will be able to move without the crutches and free to begin my preparations."
In the meantime, Carlo has no intention of putting his feet up and sampling the ‘delights' of daytime television.
"No, no, please," he laughed. "With the physios I am sure we will find things to keep me busy.
"As long as I don't put too much weight on the right leg I am able to do everything. Probably swimming is going to be the most effective exercise and the best thing for me in terms of cardio as well, the movement and work is always good."
A special tonic for Carlo has been the get-well messages he has received from supporters and his friends in football.
"You don't want to have an accident like this to check out how many people love you! But I have to say that the response has been unbelievable and I have received many emails and cards from team-mates, Tottenham and Chelsea fans, people who work at both clubs - and also from people who don't support Tottenham or Chelsea. All in all it has been a touching reaction from people who support football in general.
"I want to thank everybody because, for sure, it has made me feel much, much better," added Carlo, who also wishes to extend his appreciation to the staff at the Princess Grace Hospital.
"Of course it has been a difficult week, but the people here have been fantastic. The nurses and doctors have been so kind and have been so nice every time I have needed anything. They are always smiling and have made my time here so comfortable. I really want to thank them."