Date: 10th April 2009 at 2:00pm
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The ex-Aberdeen midfielder, now Youth coach at Nottingham forest, became unwell at his Nottingham home as he prepared to go to the gym. Jess was unable to pick up one of his socks and realised his speech became slurred while the left side of his mouth drooped slightly. Doctors have put the stroke down to a hereditary condition which has caused a raised level of cholesterol; however Jess is expected to make a full recovery.

Jess said:
“It was very scary at the time, but I’m grateful my stroke was at the lower end of the scale as far as severity goes.
‘I’m feeling fine now and expect to be back at work full time by the end of the month.
‘I know a lot of people who have suffered strokes aren’t so lucky.’

Jess was a very popular figure in Aberdeen. He made his debut at 17, and scored over 80 goals for the dons in two separate spells with the club, accumulating over 300 appearances. He also played 18 times for Scotland, scoring twice. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Jess a speedy recovery.