Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act by police over concerns for his welfare earlier this year. The 30-year-old was taken to the hospital “for assessment” after the police were called to Salford on the day of the incident.

Lennon is now “receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness”, his club has said.

The England international, who joined Everton from Tottenham in 2015, has not played for the first team since February.

Greater Manchester Police said: “Police were called at around 4.35pm to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man on Eccles Old Road.”

News of Lennon’s admission has led to an outpouring of support on social media from those involved in the football game, as well as fans of his current and former clubs.

Everton also tweeted: “Thank you for all the kind messages for Aaron. We are supporting him through this and his family has appealed for privacy at this time.”

Aaron Lennon has gone ahead to urge more people to speak about their mental health as he broke his silence on his own battle during a difficult period.

The Everton winger returned to pre-season training about a week after the incident after being admitted to hospital about concerns over his welfare.

Lennon, 30, was detained under the Mental Health Act after he was found beside a busy motorway in Salford.

The England international has not played since February for the Toffees but has now spoken about his recovery.

He revealed it was so important for himself to emphasize that there is an amazing help out there and that anyone feeling anything out of the ordinary should go ahead and seek support because it’s great and good to talk.

Lennon also thanked those that helped him during his recovery including his team-mate’s at Everton.