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Footballer Aaron Lennon detained under Mental Health Act

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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Everton and England footballer Aaron Lennon is receiving treatment after being detained under the Mental Health Act. The 30-year-old was taken to hospital on Sunday to be assessed after police officers were called to a busy road in Salford amid concerns for his welfare. In a statement, Everton Football Club confirmed: "Aaron Lennon is receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness. The club is supporting him through this and his family appeal for privacy at this time."

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Aaron Lennon is currently receiving treatment for a "stress-related illness"

A number of high-profile sportstars has since shared messages of support for Aaron. Gary Lineker tweeted: "Wish @AaronLennon12 all the very best and hope he gets well soon." Former cricket star Freddie Flintoff added: "Lots of love and wishes @AaronLennon12, another cruel example of his mental illness can affect anybody, get well soon x #TimeToTalk." Frank Bruno, who has battled mental health issues in the past, wrote: "Thoughts r with Aaron Lennon today, stay strong and positive as possible. There is light at the end of the tunnel u will get through this boss." And footballer Stan Collymore, who has also be affected by depression, added: "Thoughts and love with Aaron Lennon and his family right now. I know that place, and I know he'll be fine with good support from all of us."

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Gary Lineker and Freddie Flintoff are among the stars who have sent messages of support

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Aaron joined Everton from Tottenham in 2013 but has not played for the club's first team since February. Following the incident on Sunday, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "Police were called at around 4.35pm to reports of a 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."