Former Liverpool defender Rigobert Song fighting for life after stroke

• Ex-Cameroon defender taken to hospital after cerebral aneurysm
• Samuel Eto’o among those to offer support to Chad coach

The former Liverpool, West Ham United and Cameroon defender Rigobert Song is reportedly fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital in Yaounde.

The 40-year-old is the uncle of former Arsenal, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic midfielder Alex.

Song, currently head coach of Chad’s senior national team, is in a critical condition after suffering from cerebral aneurysm.

The football world was quick to unite in support of the popular ex-player, who won more than 100 caps for Cameroon.

Fellow Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o posted a picture of Song with the caption: “I wish you a lot of courage and a speedy recovery big brother!”

Jamie Carragher, Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler also posted messages of sympathy in the wake of the news, while Liverpool tweeted a message of support from the club’s official account on Monday morning.

Our thoughts are with Rigobert Song and his family at this time.

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2016


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