Nwankwo Kanu is recovering in the United States after undergoing corrective heart surgery.
His younger brother Ogbonna told BBC Sport that the former Arsenal striker is doing well after the operation.
“It’s important to clarify that decision to operate him was reached during his annual medical check-up.
“We give thanks to God that everything went well and he’s in perfect condition.
“The family would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Nigerians and Nwankwo Kanu’s fans across the world for their prayers and best wishes.”