A week after being involved in a car crash in Newcastle and suffering some injuries, Paul Gascoigne seems to be recovering well from those injuries.
Paul Gascoigne – leaving his house this morning in Newcastle
The former Newcastle, Tottenham, Glasgow Rangers and England top player seemed to be in good health, as he was leaving his house this morning, and was holding a Newcastle United carrier bag and had the Newcastle crest on his shorts.
43-year-old Gazza was rushed to hospital on June 15th after a car, with three passengers, smashed into a wall in Newcastle, and a 36-year-old woman was arrested on a drunk driving charge and was later given bail.
Paul is believed to have a punctured lung and also suffered some severe facial injuries, but the good news is that he was discharged last Friday from the Newcastle General Hospital.
Gazza has battled many demons since he retired from his great football career, including drink and drug addiction as well as continually fighting against severe depression.
We have called on the Newcastle club before to try to help out one of the best Newcastle-born players ever to play the game, and it may give him something to concentrate on, and get his life back together.
The youngsters at the Newcastle club would just love to be coached by Paul Gascoigne – let’s face it.
Paul has gone through the mill these last several years with severe pneumonia and had emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer back in 2007, and then in May 2008, he was admitted to the Priory to be treated for alcoholism and manic depression, after attempting suicide.
The good news is that Paul looks so much better these days, whereas a couple of years ago he looked absolutely terrible in the face, so we are hoping he is making some kind of positive recovery.
A family friend was quoted today as saying:
“He knows just how lucky he’s been. He reckons he’s on his ninth life.”
“That means he’s run out of lucky breaks so he’s got to start taking care of himself.”
“We hope this is the wake-up call he needs to turn his life around.”
We expect the Newcastle club to take care of their past players if at all possible, and yes we know Paul doesn’t do too much to help himself, but depression is a terrible thing to try to overcome – for anybody.
There’s still time to save this lad, and being a coach at Newcastle United for the youngsters would give him something big and worthwhile to live for.