Aaron Lennon detained on mental health fear

Everton’s Aaron Lennon has been detained by police under the Mental Health Act over concerns for his welfare, according to the club.

The 30-year-old winger was taken to hospital "for assessment" after police were called to to an incident in Salford, Manchester, on Sunday.

Everton said that Lennon is now "receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness".

The England international joined Everton from Tottenham in 2015, but has not featured for the first team since February 11.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said, "Police were called at around 4.35pm 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."

Reports said that Lennon was picked up close to the M602 motorway and was taken to hospital after officers negotiated with him for 20 minutes.

The news has led to a flood of support on social media from football clubs, players and fans.

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