Dominic Matteo: Ex-Liverpool, Leeds & Scotland defender has surgery on brain tumour

Dominic Matteo in action for Liverpool
Dominic Matteo spent seven years at Liverpool before signing for Leeds United in 2000

Former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo has had surgery on a brain tumour, the Anfield club have said.

A Liverpool club statement said the 45-year-old former Scotland international had an operation on Monday and has since come out of intensive care.

Matteo made 155 Reds appearances between 1993 and 2000 before joining Leeds United.

He helped the Elland Road side reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2001 and later captained the club.

"The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Dom, his family and friends and we will be offering our support to them throughout this difficult time," said Liverpool's statement.external-link

Peter McDowall, a presenter on LFC TV, on which Matteo is a regular pundit and commentator, posted on social media: "Horrible few days but he's doing well. We love you Dom, more than you know."

Matteo also had spells with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City before retiring as a player in 2009.

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