Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles involved in car accident in Falkland Islands

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Osvaldo 'Ossie' Ardiles has been involved in a car accident while filming a television documentary in the Falkland Islands, it has been revealed.
> Ardiles, 61, is believed to have required 20 stitches in his head following the accident that also involved fellow ex-Argentina midfielder Ricky Villa, who was a passenger in the car.

A hero at White Hart Lane, Ardlies moved to Tottenham in 1978 from Argentine club Huracan just months after winning the World cup with his country.

The diminutive midfielder was celebrated for his silky dribbling skills and larger-than-life character that helped Spurs win the FA Cup in 1981 and the UEFA Cup in 1984.

"My understanding is he is fine," his eldest son Pablo told The BBC, speaking from his home in England.

"He has 20 odd stitches in his head and my understanding is he has been hospitalised overnight. But he's fine."

Four other passengers received treatment hospital but have since been released, while three others have been detained.

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"Ricky Villa and my brother were out there but they are OK and are back in the hotel," added Pablo.

"I don't know the exact details, but I understand my dad was driving and that he lost control somehow. I've heard reports he swerved to avoid a sheep but I can't confirm that.

"The main thing is he is fine, they are all OK."

There has been no official statement following the accident but it is understood local emergency services and British military attended the scene, with those involved flown to King Edward Memorial hospital in Stanley.

A spokesperson from Tottenham Hotspur told The Mirror: "All at club wish Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa speedy recovery after they were involved in a car accident in the Falklands last night."