Rangers midfielder Carlos Pena has checked himself into rehab, after a string of controversies led to him being sensationally sacked by loan club Cruz Azul, according to a report.

Elizabeth Patino, an ESPN correspondent, revealed Pena’s actions on Twitter on Tuesday evening.

In a tweet she said that the midfielder had entered the rehab clinic of boxer Julio Cesar Chavez on his own volition where “he hopes to improve”.

In a follow-up tweet, Patino said that he was committed to resuming his career after rehab and that he had taken a “courageous” decision.

Football Insider verdict:

Pena has had a rough time since joining Rangers from Guadalajara last summer in a £2.7million move. The 28-year-old scored five goals in 14 games for Rangers before following former manager Pedro Caixinha on loan to Cruz Azul. However, his career took a turn for the worse there, seemingly overweight and getting booed by fans when he did play. After being caught buying beer in his kit and then urinating in a hotel fountain, he was sacked by the club and has now decided to seek help before returning to Rangers to try to salvage his career. When he gets back he’ll find Steven Gerrard in situ at Ibrox, and he’s a manager that won’t take any nonsense. We echo what all Rangers fans will be thinking – that Pena can get better quickly, get himself back into shape, and see if he can resurrect his career at Rangers. It appears unlikely at the moment but we’re sure he’ll be given the time and space to sort himself out. 

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