Current Everton and former Tottenham Hotspur footballer Aaron Lennon has been detained under the UK’s Mental Health Act at the Salford Royal Hospital.
Lennon, 30, who began his career at Leeds United, was taken to hospital for “assessment” after police were called to Salford in Greater Manchester.
“Aaron Lennon is receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness. The club is supporting him through this and his family has appealed for privacy at this time,” an Everton club statement read.
Thoughts r with Aaron Lennon today, stay strong & as positive as possible,there is light at the end of tunnel u will get through this boss
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) May 3, 2017
“Police were called at around 4.35 p.m. on Sunday to reports of concern for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road. Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment,” a Greater Manchester Police statement read.
Lennon has won 21 England caps, the last of them in 2013. His last appearance for Everton this season came against Middlesbrough in a 0-0 draw at Riverside Stadium on February 11.
Tottenham, the north London club for whom Lennon played for ten years between 2005 and 2015, posted a message of support for Lennon on Twitter.