Boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez has backed Rangers outcast Carlos Pena to conquer his personal problems and make a return to football after checking himself into Chavez’ rehab clinic for treatment for alcoholism.
The Mexican midfielder, currently on loan at Cruz Azul in his homeland, has created headlines after a number of alcohol-related incidents during his loan spell and his sought treatment in a bid to overcome his problems.
Chavez, a multiple-time world champion, insists Pena will recover and is adamant the 28-year-old will be “back on the pitch soon.”
“Carlos is in the clinic and went on his own free will. He asked me for help,” Chavez said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He’s made a very good decision. Carlos will recover in the clinic. I told him it won’t be an easy process because no one likes to be locked up.
“But there are good people there who will show him how to defeat his addiction to alcohol.
“Carlos Pena will learn how to control his alcoholism through our psychologists.
“What I really liked about Carlos is that it was him who took the first step. So that’s an acceptance that he has a problem and can’t handle it.
“I expect him to make a full recovery and be back on the pitch soon.”
Football Insider verdict:
Hopefully this is what is needed to help Pena get his career, and life, back on track after struggling with alocholism. The 28-year-old’s career seems to have gone off the rails over the last few years and the chance to check himself into rehab and get treatment is a massive step by the player and one that should be applauded. Plenty of footballers won’t admit they have a problem with drinking, gambling or any other vices until it is far too late and checking himself into Chavez’ clinic should help Pena get better. While it’s not a great situation for the Gers or Cruz Aul, both clubs should now b giving the player all the support that he needs and any decisions over his future should wait until he has been discharged from rehab and is on the road to recovery and is back in a condition to play regularly. With his loan in Mexico running until January, the midfielder likely won’t be spotted at Ibrox any time in the near-future.
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