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