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Gary Mabbutt: Gascoigne on 'long road to recovery'

The former England footballer Gary Mabbutt has provided an update regarding Paul Gascoigne's admission to a rehab centre in the US and later hospital. He told Sky Sport News:

Unfortunately over the last few weeks Paul has had a relapse, which culminated finally, last Monday, in Paul asking for help.

By Monday afternoon he was on a plane out to Arizona to a clinic specialising in dealing with Paul's specific problems.

The first thing he underwent was a detox. Unfortunately, Paul had a very bad reaction to the detox and the clinic decided that as a precaution it was best to transfer him to hospital.

He was transferred to hospital in intensive care where they could monitor him 24-7. But I spoke to Paul's medical team in the UK this morning, they had spoken to Paul and he's recovering and hopefully soon he will be back into the clinic to continue his rehab.

Over the years he has had a lot of support from the football family, but of course it could be a long road to recovery. Now Paul's asked for the help we can focus on getting through this.

– gary mabbutt, former England footballer

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