- Gary Mabbutt's leg eaten by a rat while he was asleep
- The 57-year-old went to visit his daughter in South Africa
- Mabbutt played 16 times for England and 611 for Tottenham
Former Tottenham and England defender Gary Mabbutt has claimed a rat ate part of his foot while he was asleep on holiday in South Africa.
The 57-year-old was quickly flown back to the UK for surgery and spent a week in hospital.
The 16-cap England international has type 1 diabetes and has little feeling in his feet.
"All the opponents that I've played against and I finally get taken out by a rat," Mabbutt told BBC Radio 5 live.
The incident happened when he visited his daughter six weeks ago, who is working at the Kruger National Park.
"I've gone to sleep and during the night a rat has come into the bedroom, climbed into the bed and has decided to chew on my foot," he said.
"It's made quite a big hole in my toe, going down to the bone, and ate underneath my foot.
"It bit my daughter's thumb first in the other bedroom, and then she came into me and said 'Dad, something's bitten me'. Being in Africa, you think of snakes and scorpions."
About an hour later, Mabbutt felt a bite on a thumb while sleeping, then saw his foot was covered in blood.
"Unfortunately the rat had had a nice meal and I hadn't been able to feel it," he said.
Mabbutt said he still needs daily hospital treatment for his injuries.
Mabbutt played 611 games in a 16-year Tottenham career despite being told at the age of 17 that he would have to give up football.
The former Spurs man said he injects insulin seven times per day, and tests his blood 10 times per day.
He almost lost a leg and had to have emergency surgery because of blocked arteries in 2016. He can no longer run or kick a ball again.
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