Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained by the police under provisions of the Mental Health Act for what his club called a stress-related illness on Sunday.
The player, who last played for his side in a goalless draw against Middlesbrough in February, was taken to a hospital for assessment in Salford over concerns of his welfare.
Lennon joined the Toffees from Tottenham in a deal worth £4 million in 2015 and has been an important part of Ronald Koeman’s side ever since.
Lennon became the youngest footballer to play in the Premier League during a 2-1 loss to Tottenham in 2003, after which he joined the club from Leeds two years later for £1 million.
Lennon’s long association of over 360 appearances in a Tottenham shirt prompted the club’s official Twitter handle showing solidarity with the player.
Not only that, Lennon also found support from many Spurs fans, who remembered the player in a series of tweets that can be seen below.
One Aaron Lennon.
— Spurred On (@spurredontv) May 2, 2017
Get well soon @AaronLennon12, we're all thinking of you. pic.twitter.com/gE5hIwqQTb
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 3, 2017
Sorry to hear about Spurs old boy Aaron Lennon – mental health as bad as a heart attack – get well soon bud #coys #efc
— TweetySpurs (@LliyWhite_thfc) May 3, 2017
Still love @AaronLennon12 here at NY Spurs! Sending positive vibes and wishing him and his family all the best. Stay strong Azza! @Everton
— New York Spurs (@NYSpurs) May 2, 2017
Terrible to hear about a mental illness affecting Lennon, one of my favourite players growing up @AaronLennon12 stay strong #coys
— Connor Perl (@cjperl) May 3, 2017
Was my first ever favourite Spurs player. We're all behind you. Get well soon @AaronLennon12. #THFC pic.twitter.com/EuYaUcrBlV
— Hotspur Coverage (@HotspurCoverage) May 2, 2017
@AaronLennon12 Get well soon, Azza, the whole Spurs fan base is rooting for you. You've given us a lot of happy memories!
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) May 2, 2017
Thoughts and much love go out to Aaron Lennon right now. Mental Health can be mended just like a physical injury. It's not weakness. pic.twitter.com/G0q4MWwyG4
— The Fighting Cock (@LoveTheShirt) May 2, 2017
#AaronLennon used to light up the Lane every time he got the ball. I hope he gets the right help and gets better soon. Love you man. #COYS
— Josh Gaventa (@GaventaJosh) May 2, 2017
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