Aaron Lennon was detained by the police under the Mental Health Act on Sunday, due to concerns about his mental state.
The Everton man has been left out of the Toffees squad for the past few weeks due to unspecified injury issues, and Ronaldo Koeman admitted that the 30-year-old was not in the right frame of mind to play.
Ahead of the Merseyside outfit’s clash against Manchester United on the 4th of April, Koeman was quoted as saying: “He is not in a physical way to be part of the team.”
The pacey winger’s last appearance for Everton – his 13th of the season – came on the 11th of February against Middlesbrough.
On Sunday, Lennon was said to have been found by concerned police officers in Salford on the side of a busy road, and spoke to them for around 20 minutes.
Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that his uneasy state of mind is down to stress-related issues.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Police were called at around 4.35pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017 to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man. 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.”
On Tuesday, Everton issued an official statement, which said: “Aaron Lennon is currently 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.”
Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath
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