Former Pompey goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek is in a critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The 47-year-old played four times for the Blues back in 2003-04 and made his debut in a 2-0 south coast derby defeat to Southampton in the Carling Cup in December 2003.
He was number three goalkeeper at the club for most of that season behind Shaka Hislop and Harald Wapenaar and played his final game for the club in a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa in January 2004.
Srnicek made his name at Newcastle in Kevin Keegan’s famous side back in the late 1990s and also played for Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham during his playing career in England.
He was out running in his native Czech Republic when he collapsed. But he was revived by medics after suffering a cardiac arrest and then taken to the Ostrava-Poruba hospital, where he is in critical condition.
Hospital spokesman Tomas Oborny told the Newcastle Chronicle: ‘I can confirm that he is hospitalised in our hospital but on the wishes of the family will not disclose details of his condition.’
Srnicek’s English agent Steve Wraith confirmed the former player’s condition is ‘critical’.