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Best 'healthy' after liver test
George Best
George Best said he was feeling "really good"
Football legend George Best has said he is feeling "fit and healthy" after an operation to check on his life-saving liver transplant.

The 58-year-old former Northern Ireland international and Manchester United player said things were "really good".

Best underwent the routine biopsy procedure at London's Cromwell Hospital last week.

It was to examine the surgery that was carried out two years ago to replace his damaged liver.

Health farm

The biopsy was carried out by consultant hepatologist Professor Roger Williams who supervised Best's medical care before and after his transplant.

Following the life-saving transplant operation, Best vowed to give up alcohol but started to drink again.

However, in February this year he was banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge.

The court was told that Best had been trying to drive himself to a health farm when he was stopped, having realised he needed to resolve his problems.

Things are really good... I'm enjoying it, fit and healthy, like Fergie is
George Best

Speaking from the health farm in Hampshire, where he is now living, Best told BBC Breakfast he wanted to see his former Old Trafford club win the Champions League again under Sir Alex Ferguson.

"He's still around and while he's there, they've still got a great chance of achieving it again and hopefully they will," he said.

He predicted Ferguson would want to continue at the club for "as long as possible".

On his own health, Best said: "Things are really good... I'm enjoying it, fit and healthy, like Fergie is.

"We're both going to carry on for a long time, hopefully."

Best banned for drink driving
02 Feb 04 |  England



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