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Van Der Sar on “compassionate leave” after Wife suffers Stroke

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is keeping a vigil by his wife’s hostpital bedside after she suffered a suspected stroke.

Annemarie van Kesteren was left seriously ill when she collapsed at the family’s home in Holland before Christmas last week.

The former Dutch international is said to be ‘deeply shocked’.

Van der Sar, Annemarie, and their two young children Joe and Lynn had been home in Holland to celebrate Christmas.Edwin Van Der Sar

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given the Dutch keeper compassionate leave, and been told to take as much time as he needs before he returns to the Premier League champions.

United had given him permission to return to his homeland for treatment from the Holland team doctor during the Christmas period.

Ferguson said today: ‘Annemarie had a problem over in Holland a week ago and has
been admitted to hospital. That is the best place for her to be. They have
examined her twice and are trying to get to the root of it.

‘I have told Edwin to stay over there. There is no point in him being here.
The best thing is for him to be with his wife. Hopefully she will make a good

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