Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas returns to Porto training after suffering heart attack six months ago

Iker Casillas has returned to Porto training – just six months after suffering a heart attack.

The Real Madrid legend collapsed while training in temperatures of around 20C in May.

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Iker Casillas suffered a heart attack while training with Porto
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Porto confirmed Casillas had suffered an acute myocardial infarction, a medical term for a heart attack, but he was released from hospital after five days.

There were reports claiming the goalkeeper would be forced to retire from football.

However, Casillas made a full recovery, with Spanish outlet AS saying he trained alone for between 20 and 25 minutes on Monday.

Casillas tweeted a picture of worn football boots with the caption: “Six months and three days you have been out of service.”

The former Spain international will be hoping to return to first-team action soon.

Agustin Marchesin, signed in the summer from Club America, has been filling the void left by Casillas in the Porto goal.

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Porto trail leaders Benfica by two points after 10 games in the Primeira Liga.

Casillas joined Porto in 2015 after making 510 LaLiga appearances for Real Madrid.

He won five league titles and three Champions League trophies during his 16-year spell in the first-team.

After being discharged from hospital in May, Casillas thanked the football community for their unwavering support.

He said: “The support I’ve had in these last few days has made me really loved and you have to find a smile at these moments in time. I think I’m going to find it because seeing so many people here today makes me feel very emotional.

“I want to thank the hospital and the head of Porto’s medical services, Doctor Nelson and the cardiologist Joao Carlos Silva and all the people in Porto who made sure I got to hospital quickly to reduce the effect of the heart attack I suffered.

“I would also like to thank the thousands of people who showed their support on social media through videos and messages and in different spheres of football.”

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