Durban - Former Bafana captain, Neil Tovey, who had suffered a heart attack, was “improving by the hour. But he is still critical: he has a long way to go”.

Speaking early on Tuesday, Tovey’s brother, Mark, said he would be visiting him in hospital again on Tuesday morning.

Mark, who came to Durban from his home in Gauteng to support his sibling, said: “Neil is talking, but he still has 10 drips in him.

“I think he is going to remain in ICU for another four or five days. We are hoping for the best.”

Earlier in the day, Mark confirmed to the media that 54-year-old Tovey had suffered the trauma while participating in the Amashova Durban Classic cycle race on Sunday.

The nearest appropriate hospital to treat the emergency was in Hillcrest.

Tovey first suffered heart trouble during a game of squash in uMhlanga in February last year and was treated at a nearby hospital, with a stent being placed in a defective artery.

Mark, 61, said doctors were doing their best to get his brother into a more stable condition, and the family had received many messages of support from around the country.

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