Troubled former footballer George Best will undergo routine tests on his liver as part of his transplant treatment and not because of his drinking, his spokesman said today.
The 58-year-old former Manchester United player is to have a biopsy to see if his body has accepted the organ.
Best, who will go to the private Cromwell Hospital in London tomorrow, is expected to stay in hospital for a couple of days.
Philip Hughes, spokesman for former player turned tv pundit, said: “It is a normal procedure that after a transplant they require you to go through.
“It is just to see how he is getting on with the liver and not – as the tabloid papers suggest – because he abused it through drinking.”
The biopsy will be carried out by consultant hepatologist Professor Roger Williams who supervised Best’s medical care before and after his life-saving transplant in 2002.
Mr Hughes said Best, who also played for Northern Ireland during his career, was philosophical about the treatment.
“He is fine. It is not a nice thing for anyone to go through, but he must and he will just get on with it.”