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
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 3, 2017
— TweetySpurs (@LliyWhite_thfc) May 3, 2017
— New York Spurs (@NYSpurs) 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
— Josh Gaventa (@JoshuaGaventa) May 2, 2017