• Former Manchester United star Andy Cole is recovering from kidney failure
  • The 44-year-old was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis 
  • He has received treatment at the Manchester Royal Infirmary 
  • Cole is hopeful of making a full recovery by Spring next year 

Rohan Banerjee For Mailonline

Former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole is determined to overcome kidney failure and is hopeful of making a full recovery by next spring.

The 44-year-old, who lifted five Premier League titles with United between 1995 and 2001, was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and has been treated at the Manchester Royal Infirmary over the past three weeks. 

His illness forced him to withdraw from the recent UNICEF charity match at Old Trafford and issue a statement explaining his absence to fans. 

Andy Cole, pictured here with wife Shirley, is hoping to recover from kidney failure by next Spring  

Andy Cole, pictured here with wife Shirley, is hoping to recover from kidney failure by next Spring  

Former Manchester United striker Cole was key to the club's storied success in the 1990s 

Former Manchester United striker Cole was key to the club’s storied success in the 1990s 

Cole is on the mend, though, and told United’s official TV channel MUTV: ‘Fingers crossed, come spring or summer [I’ll be okay], but I’ve got a long way to go. I know it’s going to be a tough battle but I know I’ll get there.’

He added: ‘Not being able to do what I want and not being able to keep fit has been the toughest thing, I think.

‘When you’re fit, you take things for granted, like getting up in the morning and going for a run, stuff like that. I realise I can’t do that anymore and it could be like that for the next four or five months.’

Cole signed for United for a £7million fee from then Premier League title rivals Newcastle. The deal also saw winger Keith Gillespie move to Tyneside as a part-exchange.  

Cole proved to be one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most successful signings during his tenure and the Nottingham-born hitman was crucial to the Red Devils’ trophy-laden spell in the 1990s. 

He scored 24 goals in the 1998-1999 season which saw United complete a historic European treble.  

Cole (right) celebrates United's 1999 Champions League victory with ex-strike partner Dwight Yorke 

Cole (right) celebrates United’s 1999 Champions League victory with ex-strike partner Dwight Yorke 

   


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