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Arsenal, Crystal Palace and England icon Kenny Sansom has been diagnosed with a rare brain disorder and form of dementia.
The former left-back, who played for England on 86 occasions, has Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which is described as reversible and treatable.
His family confirmed that he had been hospitalised, but has now been released and is in new accommodation.
Sansom is in the early stages of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, and is receiving treatment.
After an incredible playing career, Sansom fell on hard times when he retired, and suffered from alcoholism.
He was hospitalised earlier this year amid fears he had contracted coronavirus, but that admission has now been cleared up and it has been confirmed that he has been diagnosed with a form of dementia.
In a club statement, Crystal Palace provided an update on his condition.
“The family of Kenny Sansom wish to update Crystal Palace supporters on Kenny's health, following reports earlier this year that he was hospitalised.
"Kenny is out of hospital and settled in new accommodation, but has been diagnosed with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, a type of brain disorder and form of dementia.
"He is in the early stages of the illness, which is reversible and treatable.
“With the support of his family and carers, he is on the first steps of his road to recovery.
"Those closest to him are encouraged by his progress and the positive attitude he is showing in difficult circumstances.
"The family would like his and their privacy to be respected.
"As always, everyone at Crystal Palace Football Club wishes Kenny well, and we look forward to welcoming him back to Selhurst Park again soon.”
After the announcement was made by his family, Arsenal sent a message of their own through their official Twitter account.
The Gunners wrote: “We're thinking of you and your family, Kenny. Wishing you all the best in your recovery.”
- Arsenal FC
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