Former Leeds and Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo undergoes surgery on brain tumour

Dominic Matteo in action for Liverpool in 1999

Dominic Matteo in action for Liverpool in 1999

Liverpool and Leeds have issued their support for their former defender Dominic Matteo after he was taken ill this week and underwent surgery on a brain tumour.

The 45-year-old played for Liverpool and Leeds and was capped by Scotland in a 17-year playing career.

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

Liverpool's statement said: "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 hard time".

"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 hard time", Liverpool said.

Former Scotland worldwide Matteo, who played 155 times for Liverpool in eight years at the club, left for Leeds United in 2000 before spells at Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

"We wish Dom a full and speedy recovery and will offer any support we can to his wife and family".

"Dom's family would like to place on record their gratitude to all staff at Leeds General Infirmary and express their thanks for all of the messages of support they have received".

Dominic Matteo joined Leeds United in August 2000 and instantly became a big hit with the fans in West Yorkshire as part of a team that came so close to success, especially in the Champions League where the Whites lost out to Valencia in the semi-finals.

He was capped six times by Scotland despite having earned Under 21 caps for England.