Former Scotland international and ex-Liverpool and Leeds defender Dominic Matteo has undergone surgery on a brain tumour.

The 45-year-old had an operation on Monday and has since been moved out of intensive care.

Liverpool and Leeds have offered their support to Matteo. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

In a club statement, Liverpool confirmed the news and wished the former Red their support: “The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Dom, his family and friends and we will be offering our support to them throughout this difficult time.”

Leeds offer Matteo support too

Matteo made 155 Anfield appearances between 1993-2000 before he swapped Merseyside for Leeds United. He helped the Whites reach a Champions League semi-final and captained the club for a spell.

“The thoughts of everyone at Leeds United are with our former captain Dominic Matteo and his family after he was taken seriously ill earlier this week. Stay strong Dom,” was the message of support from the Elland Road side after the 45-year-old’s operation.

Matteo featured for Leeds (Mike Finn Kelcey/Getty Images

Matteo made six appearances in the early 2000s for Scotland before fitness issues forced him to focus on club football.

Everyone will hope that Matteo’s recovery goes well and he will no doubt have the best wishes of the footballing community.

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