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Championship: Leeds star El Hadji Diouf pays surprise visit to Bolton fan in hospital

El Hadji Diouf paid a visit to a sick Bolton fan in hospital after hearing he was his favourite player when he was at the Reebok.

67 year old Joe Fish has been hospitalised since he suffered a stroke in November, with his family fearing the worst. But he has shown signs of recovery in recent weeks, and no doubt Diouf's visit will have lifted the radio presenter's spirits..

Mr Fish’s daughter Rachael bumped into Diouf in a Bolton bar and, knowing he was her father’s favourite player, asked if he would visit him at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Ms Fish said: “My dad was born in Great Lever and has been a big supporter of Bolton for years, he even moved to Horwich to be nearer to the stadium. When Diouf was playing for them he loved him."

“When I saw him I explained what had happened to dad and that he was his favourite player and asked if he would visit him in hospital — he said he would, but I didn’t expect anything.”

But on Saturday January 25, after watching the Whites lose to Cardiff City in an FA cup tie at the Reebok — the Senegalese star, who currently plays for Leeds United, surprised everyone by popping in to see Joe at the Royal Bolton.

Bolton have had a largely disappointing season, and recently posted losses of over £160m. They are currently five points above the relegation zone and go away to fellow strugglers Millwall this weekend.

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