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England legend Gazza 'back on track' after drinking 'blip'

Paul Gascoigne has battle with drink for a long time. Photo: A1 Sporting Speakers

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne says he is "back on track" after suffering 'blip' in his battle with alcoholism.

Gascoigne, 48, was pictured with cuts to his face following a relapse after what he describes as "a good 11 months".

The ex-Spurs and Lazio midfielder has endured a long-standing issue with alcohol, but is now looking to the future.

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His management posted a picture showing the sportsman with some small cuts on his face - taken on Saturday morning.

They said: "Paul has had a bad week. This photograph is of him at 8.10 this morning. The Sun photos were bad but this is two days later. He wasn't admitted to hospital as they said in their interview.

"He went home where he is recovering. He told me he's been working out and getting stronger and he is determined to get back on track."

Gascoigne has previously told how he realised he was an alcoholic when he was 33, having been confused as to why when he woke up at 5am after a night out he would still want another drink.