LONDON – Paul Gascoigne is recovering in a hospital in the United States after reacting badly to a detox program in his battle to beat alcoholism, according to people close to the former England midfielder.
Gascoigne, who starred in the 1990 World Cup, flew to Arizona this week to receive treatment for alcohol addiction after a relapse. His life isn't believed to be at risk.
"Paul has experienced severe complications with his detoxification," Gascoigne's long-time therapist, Dr. John McKeown, said in a statement released by Britain's Press Association. "This is not unusual for someone who has been drinking as heavily as he has."
McKeown said Gascoigne was transferred to an intensive care unit at a hospital in Phoenix so he could be monitored and be "completely satisfied that there are no other complications to his health."