Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle is recovering after a lengthy battle with pancreatitis, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Hoyle, who became chairman of his boyhood club in 2009, has spent 15 weeks in hospital suffering from the disease having originally being diagnosed with gallstones in October.
The 51-year-old said it is his intention to attend Huddersfield’s next Premier League match, which bits the Premier League’s bottom club against Arsenal on Saturday.
A club statement confirmed Hoyle’s illness, with the former Card Factory owner saying: “The last three months have been an absolute rollercoaster, full of ups and downs. However, as I keep reminding myself, rollercoasters only move forward! I feel like, all being well, I’m now in the last lap of my recovery.
“We’ve tried to keep my condition out of the spotlight, but understandably it has become increasingly difficult to do so and I wanted to quash the rumours about my long-term health once and for all.
“I’m not out of the woods just yet, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank the medical teams at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for the outstanding care I have received.