Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas' wife hospitalised after suffering heartbreaking setback in fight against cancer

IKER CASILLAS’ wife has been hospitalised after suffering a setback in her fight against cancer.

Sports journalist and model Sara Carbonero was admitted to a private hospital in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona just two days after turning 37.

Details of her new health scare emerged on Wednesday after she had to suspend work commitments.

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker is said to be taking it in turns with Sara’s family to visit his wife at the University Clinic of Navarra Hospital.

She has been operated on at the hospital, which boasts of being the best private hospital in Spain on its website, after her admission last Friday.

Local reports quoting sources close to the journalist say she is recovering and looking forward to getting back to her daily life as normal if things go to plan.

Sara announced in May 2019 she had been operated on for ovarian cancer.

Doctors discovered the malignant tumour shortly after the heart attack which brought her husband’s playing career to a premature end.

She underwent surgery at Madrid’s prestigious Ruber International Clinic to remove the tumour before undergoing several months of chemotherapy.

Sara, who has two children with Iker, is yet to make an official comment.

Her last social media post, two days ago while still in hospital, was to publicise her participation in a new ad campaign for cosmetics firm L’Oreal.

Iker marked his wife’s birthday last Wednesday with a touching photo of her by the sea alongside a message that read: “The dance goes on…we have to dance to the end.”

He has also made no official comment as Spanish magazine Semana published photos of the 39-year-old, who made 725 appearances for Real Madrid, driving into the hospital where his wife is being looked after.

Her mum and sister are also said to be visiting her regularly along with her close friend Isabel Jimenez.

Sara announced she had cancer just three weeks after Casillas suffered his heart attack while he was training with Porto.

She admitted at the time: “When we hadn’t yet recovered from one shock, life has surprised us again.

“This time it’s my turn, that wonderful word of six letters that I dare not write.”

Real Madrid announced in December that the club legend had joined the club foundation as assistant to the general director, saying in a statement: “Real Madrid are proud to welcome one of their great captains home.”

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The 39-year-old former Spanish international, dubbed Saint Iker for his ability to produce spectacular saves, officially announced his retirement from football last August.

He married Sara in March 2016 three months before the birth of their second child Lucas.

They famously kissed on air during a post-match interview after Spain won the 2010 World Cup.

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