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Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 19:32 GMT
Recovering Wieghorst is now talking
Morten Wieghorst (left) in last season's CIS Cup final
Morten Wieghorst (left) in last season's CIS Cup final
Celtic footballer Morten Wieghorst has conducted his first interview after taking a major step on his road to recovery from a nerve disorder he contracted last month.

The Danish international midfielder has been moved out of intensive care, where he was being treated for Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

Wieghorst was rushed to hospital with the illness last month, sparking concern among fans and staff at the Glasgow club.

However, the player is now out of intensive care and has sent a message of thanks to supporters.

Visiting regularly

He told the Celtic View: "I've received literally hundreds of cards, letters and e-mails as well as flowers, so I want to personally thank everyone who has had me in their thoughts.

"They have really kept my spirits up. The doc (Roddy Macdonald) has been up constantly and my team-mates have been visiting regularly too.

"Darren Jackson went through a similar worrying time with illness and he's been in touch too.

Darren Jackson has been to visit his ex-teammate
Darren Jackson has been to visit his ex-teammate
"On top of everything, I'm delighted that the team are doing so well at the moment."

Wieghorst's employers reiterated their support for him.

"We are pleased that Morten's condition has improved and we wish him the very best in his recovery," said a Celtic spokesman.

"Morten will continue to receive all the support he requires from Celtic Football Club."

The club recently admitted that Wieghorst's condition had deteriorated, but their insistance that would still make a "good recovery" appears to have been confirmed by events.

Chaos and turmoil

Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare and unpredictable syndrome that causes the person's life to go into utter chaos and turmoil.

This syndrome, also called acute idiopathic polyneuritis, is a disorder that consists of weakness and even paralysis of many of the body's muscles, along with abnormal sensations.

The illness can be present in several ways, at times making the diagnosis difficult to establish in its early stages.

A specific cause is not known but research to date indicates that the nerves of the person who has Guillain-Barré are attacked by the body's defence system against disease.

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