Barcelona and Netherlands legend Koeman undergoes heart procedure

Netherlands coach and legendary Barcelona defender Ronald Koeman underwent a heart procedure on Sunday at a hospital in Amsterdam after feeling pain in his chest.

In a statement Sunday, the Dutch football association, the KNVB, confirmed Koeman underwent a “successful cardiac catheterisation” and will be released from hospital on Monday.

“Ronald Koeman was hospitalised on Sunday evening after chest complaints,” The KNVB said in a statement.

“The 57-year-old national team coach of the Dutch national team has undergone a successful cardiac catheterisation and will return home tomorrow.

“We wish Ronald a lot of strength and improvement.”

A tweet from the KNVB added: “That is a shock. Fortunately things are going better again. Much strength and improvement, coach.”

Dutch national broadcaster NOS cited Koeman’s business manager, Rob Jansen, as saying that Koeman was hospitalised after feeling chest pain after a bike ride.

Koeman’s management said the coach would be resting in the coming days.

The legendary defender has been the Dutch coach for just over two years and helped the country to qualify for Euro 2020, which has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The former international defender, who as a player won the European Cup with both PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, managed in the Premier League with Everton and Southampton, after spells at PSV and Valencia in his native Netherlands and Spain respectively.

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