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Gascoigne in intensive care after detox reaction

ESPN staff
February 10, 2013
Paul Gascoigne is not in life-threatening condition © PA Photos

Former Tottenham team-mate Gary Mabbutt has confirmed former England international Paul Gascoigne has been taken to hospital, but said his condition is not life-threatening.

Gascoigne, who has long suffered with alcoholism, checked into a treatment centre in Arizona last week after his agent raised fears for his life.

Reports emerged that he had subsequently been taken into intensive care at a local hospital, and his former England team-mate Gary Lineker tweeted at 1am on Sunday morning: "Gazza is struggling, Let's hope he can hang on in there. Others have generously offered to help."

Mabbutt, who played alongside Gascoigne at Tottenham Hotspur, has told Sky Sports News that the 45-year-old's life is not in immediate danger.

Mabbutt said: "The first part of the treatment was the detox and unfortunately Paul had a very bad reaction to the detox which meant that as a precaution he was moved from the clinic to a hospital where he was put in intensive care so that they could monitor him.

"But I spoke to his medical team here in the UK who spoke to Paul this morning. It's not a life-threatening situation and Paul is back on the road to recovery."

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