Former Leeds United and Scotland defender Gordon McQueen is to undergo treatment after being diagnosed with cancer of the larynx.
The 59-year-old will have the treatment in Middlesbrough, close to his North Yorkshire home.
A statement released on behalf of McQueen said: “Gordon McQueen has been diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and will undergo treatment at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.”
Ayrshire-born McQueen made his name as a player with Leeds after signing for Don Revie’s team from St Mirren as a teenager in 1972.
He was part of the famous Elland Road side of the 1970s which won the league title and reached the final of the European Cup before heading for Old Trafford, where he was to form a lasting friendship with Bryan Robson.
McQueen was a member of Robson’s coaching staff during his spell at Middlesbrough and until recently, was employed by the Teessiders as a scout.
In addition, he has turned to television punditry with Sky Sports, for whom his daughter Hayley works as a presenter.
Robson himself had to have an operation to remove a cancerous tumour from his throat earlier this year.