Brazil legend Pele will remain in hospital and is being monitored by doctors in his homeland after collapsing in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The world football icon, 77, had been due in London this weekend, at the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Night on Sunday evening at The Savoy, where he was set to be honoured.
But he will instead remain on fluids in hospital as he seeks to recover from severe exhaustion.
An FWA statement read: “In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion.
“He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery.
“Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion and everybody at the Football Writers’ Association wishes Pele a swift and full recovery.
“Understandably, his medical situation prevents him from travelling to London for the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Night on Sunday evening at The Savoy.