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RTÉ's Michael Lyster is hoping to be back on The Sunday Game by the end of July

The RTÉ presenter’s life was saved earlier this month by his wife performing CPR.

MICHAEL LYSTER IS hopeful of returning to present The Sunday Game before the end of July after surviving a serious heart attack recently.

The 61 year-old Galway man has been presenting RTÉ’s flagship GAA show since 1984 but Darragh Maloney has been filling in for him in recent weeks.

Lyster collapsed after a major cardiac arrest at his home earlier this month with his wife Anne saving his life by administering CPR.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio’s Today With Sean O’Rourke show, Lyster revealed he is set to return ‘in a couple of weeks time’.

“I haven’t yet put a date on it but I’ve been talking to the lads in the Sunday Game about when I might come back.

“I’m feeling not too bad. It has been a rough couple of weeks. I’m not clear yet but getting there and I’m still above ground anyway which is the most important thing!”

Joe Brolly, Colm O'Rourke and Michael Lester Joe Brolly (left) and Michael Lyster (right) at the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Lyster has received a huge outpouring of support in recent weeks, including messages from fellow panellists on The Sunday Game.

“Joe Brolly has sent me several texts. In fact he sent me one the other night again, which was an order basically, ‘You mind yourself’. That’s a recurring text from Joe.”

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