Leeds legend Norman Hunter in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

Leeds and England legend Norman Hunter is in hospital battling coronavirus.

Hunter, 76, made 726 appearances for Leeds during his 17-year stay at Elland Road.

The tough-tackling star was an integral member of Don Revie’s iconic teams during his 15-year stay at Elland Road.

And while he did not play in the 1966 final, Hunter was part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s England team to win the World Cup on home soil.

Leeds released a statement on Friday morning confirming Hunter is in hospital and sending their support to his family.

A Leeds United statement declared: “We can confirm that Leeds United and England legend Norman Hunter is being treated in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind the public and the media to respect the wishes of Norman and his family and to give them the space they need during this difficult time.

“Keep battling Norman, we are all with you.”

Nicknamed "Bites Yer Legs" Hunter, the Gateshead-born defender joined Leeds after leaving school at 15, before making his first-team debut in 1962.

He spent 15 years at the heart of the Leeds defence – 10 of those alongside fellow World Cup winner Jack Charlton.

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