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Chris Kamara shares picture from an oxygen chamber

Chris Kamara shares an image of an oxygen chamber as his ‘recovery continues’ from the health issues that forced him to quit football on Saturday

  • The former Sky Sports star tweeted the photograph inside an oxygen chamber
  • During a broadcast, Chris Kamara slurred his words quite significantly.
  • Kamara feared his condition could be related to heading balls in his career.
  • Fortunately, tests showed that his apraxia was caused by an underactive thyroid gland.

TV soccer pundit Chris Kamara, 64, tweeted a photo of himself in an oxygen chamber being treated for a medical condition that affects his speech.

The former Sheffield United man was forced to step down from his role at Sky Sports on Soccer Saturday, where he provided match updates across the country due to the condition.

Viewers became concerned when the former footballer, who played more than 650 professional games, began to stammer the words during a live broadcast.

Soccer pundit Chris Kamara has tweeted a photograph of himself in an oxygen chamber as he continues to receive treatment for an underactive thyroid gland that has affected his speech.

Soccer pundit Chris Kamara has tweeted a photograph of himself in an oxygen chamber as he continues to receive treatment for an underactive thyroid gland that has affected his speech.

Fans were concerned when Kamara began slurring his words during one of his stints on Sky Sports Soccer on Saturday.

Fans were concerned when Kamara began slurring his words during one of his stints on Sky Sports Soccer on Saturday.

Kamara, pictured, who played some 650 professional games, initially feared his condition had been caused by constant headers.

Kamara, pictured, who played some 650 professional games, initially feared his condition had been caused by constant headers.

This prompted Kamara to reveal that she has a thyroid condition which has now caused her to have apraxia.

Despite stepping down from his Soccer Saturday role, he continues to work and has been co-commentating on ITV’s The Games.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Six nice days working on The Games.

“Back in the oxygen chamber today as recovery continues.”

Initially, he feared the condition had been brought on by repetitive headers of the ball during his long career.

Fortunately, the speech impediment was caused by an underactive thyroid gland.

Last month he said his treatment was working very well.

Kamara, pictured during a Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town

Kamara, pictured during a Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town

Announcing his departure from Sky Sports after 24 years, Kamara said: ‘My long career at Sky Sports has never felt like a job. I have spent 24 fantastic years at Sky and I leave with the best memories.

‘My time on Soccer AM, Goals on Sunday and of course Soccer Saturday with Jeff has been, to coin a phrase, amazing.

“I’ve had the time of my life and look forward to tuning in every Saturday as a fan.”

Kamara previously underwent a brain scan to check if he was developing dementia after suffering from what he described as “brain fog”, and was concerned the illness could be linked to heading the ball during his long playing career.

However, her symptoms were explained instead by an underactive thyroid.

Kamara, who has also released two Christmas albums and a charity single, as well as appearing on Ninja Warrior UK, will be a commentator on ITV’s new show, The Games, which starts in May.

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