Tony Adams has survived emergency heart surgery.
The former Pompey boss has revealed he had a minor operation in Azerbaijan, where he is currently director of football at Gabala.
I know full well that without the brilliance of Dr Uzeyir Rahimov and his team I would not be alive nowTony Adams
And in a statement, the 49-year-old paid tribute to the club’s doctors and staff at the Medical Plaza Hospital in Baku.
Adams said: ‘The brilliant surgeons at the Medical Plaza did a fantastic job.
‘I know full well that without the brilliance of Dr Uzeyir Rahimov and his team I would not be alive now.
‘A minor heart operation saved my life.
‘I can’t begin to thank Tale Heydarov and all at Gabala Football Club, as well as the cardiac unit at the Medical Plaza, Baku, enough.’
After feeling chest pains and talking with Gabala’s doctors, Adams was admitted to the hospital for an angiogram.
On diagnosis of a severely blocked vein, he then underwent an angioplasty.
Adams managed Pompey for 16 games, including the visit of Milan to Fratton Park, before he was sacked in February 2009.
He previously served the Blues as assistant manager to Harry Redknapp.
Adams racked up 669 appearances and won 10 major trophies with Arsenal.
He is now recuperating with his family in the UK, while Gabala travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League tomorrow.