Everton fans react on Twitter to Lennon health problems
By Matt Farr
Everton winger Aaron Lennon has been detained under the Mental Health Act amid concerns over his welfare – and fans on Twitter are concerned.
The Premier League club released a statement to the media on Tuesday that confirmed the 30-year-old was receiving treatment for a stress-related illness.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, the statement read: “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.”
The Daily Mail have also revealed that officers were called to a location close to the M602 motorway in Salford, Greater Manchester on Sunday amid concerns over Lennon’s state of mind.
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After hearing the news, Everton fans rushed to social media to offer their support for the winger, who has been with the club for little over two years.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Much love to Aaron Lennon, I hope he gets the care and support he needs x
— Dee (@DeeEFC) May 2, 2017
Horrible to hear about Aaron Lennon's mental health struggles. We know the club will help in anyway they can. #EFC
— Kenny Jarvis (@KennyJarvisEFC) May 2, 2017
Thoughts with Aaron Lennon and his family. Hope he can get the help he needs. #EFC
— Royal Blue Everton (@RoyalBlueEFC) May 2, 2017
— Dominic Herbert (@dom_herbert) May 2, 2017
— Jo Hinks (@1991jojo1991) May 2, 2017
Hope Aaron Lennon's okay ????
— Matty (@_MattyEFC) May 2, 2017
Hope Aaron Lennon gets the support he needs. Shouldn't suffer in silence. Sure @Everton will help in any conceivable way they can. ✊
— Keegoefc (@EFCBlue1878) May 2, 2017
The Mail report continued by adding that members of the Greater Manchester police force negotiated with the England winger for 20 minutes, and that they believed Lennon to have been in a precarious situation.
It was further reported that police officers had stopped Lennon, who was tracksuited, on Stott Lane near Salford Royal Hospital.
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.”
Lennon has made 13 appearances for Everton in all competitions this season, but has not featured for the club since the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on February 11.
He arrived at Goodison Park on a permanent basis in September 2015, following a successful loan spell at the club during the second half of the 2014-15 season.
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