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Big Jack is doing well after hip replacement

JACK CHARLTON is this weekend continuing his recovery in hospital after a nasty fall down the stairs at his home, which resulted in a hip replacement.

The 76-year-old, who remains Ireland's most successful football manager, had the operation at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Son John said: "He's fine. He had the operation this morning and the operation was fine. Everything went well.

"Basically, as everybody else would, he is just recovering from the anaesthetic.

"They will probably keep him in over the weekend and let him out on Monday if everything is fine. With hip replacements, which is what he has had, they don't tend to keep them in too long.

"They do hip replacements all the time and they said it's not a big operation and, as long as he came through it okay, they expected him to make a full recovery. He has come through it and now it's all about rehabilitation."

The former Leeds United defender and England World Cup winner broke his hip after falling down the stairs at his home in Morpeth, Northumberland, last night while his wife Pat was out, but eventually managed to get to a telephone to alert his son.