Everton winger Lennon suffering 'stress-related illness'

The Toffees have confirmed that the England international has been taken into care and that they are supporting him

Everton winger  Aaron Lennon is receiving treatment for "a stress-related illness' after being detained under the Mental Health Act.

The 30-year-old England international was detained by police on Sunday before being taken to hospital and Everton have confirmed that the player is now receiving care.

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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 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.”

Everton issued the following statement on Tuesday: “Aaron Lennon is currently receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness.

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“The club is supporting him through this and his family has appealed for privacy at this time.”

Lennon has not figured for the Toffees since February 11, with Ronald Koeman revealing in April that he was “not in a physical way to be part of the team”.

The former Tottenham and Leeds United midfielder joined Everton in 2015, with an initial loan agreement leading to a permanent £4.5 million transfer.

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