New hip for Jack Charlton after fall

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ENGLAND World Cup winner and Leeds United legend Jack Charlton was recovering in hospital last night after undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall at his home.

The 76-year-old, who along with brother Bobby was part of the England team which beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in the 1966 final, had the operation at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

His son John said yesterday: “He’s fine. He had the operation this morning and the operation was fine. Everything went well.

“Basically, as everybody else would, he is just recovering from the anaesthetic.

“They will probably keep him in over the weekend and let him out on Monday if everything is fine. With hip replacements, which is what he has had, they don’t tend to keep them in too long.

“They do hip replacements all the time and they said it’s not a big operation and, as long as he came through it okay, they expected him to make a full recovery.

“He has come through it and now it’s all about rehabilitation.”

The Ashington-born defender broke his hip after falling down the stairs at his home in Morpeth, Northumberland, on Thursday night while his wife Pat was out, but eventually managed to get to a telephone to alert his son.

John said: “When he rang me, he told me he had fallen and damaged his hip, and said, ‘You had better come around’.

“But it was surreal. When I got there, he was sitting in a chair watching the telly, although we then realised his hip was broken.”

Charlton senior, who also famously led the Republic of Ireland to successive World Cup tournaments as manager in 1990 and 1994, might have been home even sooner if he had got his own way.

John said: “He wanted to get up and come out, although that isn’t going to happen.”

Charlton made a club record 773 appearances for Leeds over three decades, winning the league championship, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

He also won 35 caps for England, scoring six goals.