Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has said he is “back on track” after suffering “one blip” in his struggle with alcoholism.
The 48-year-old was said to have had “a bad week” as pictures emerged of him with cuts to his face, appearing to carry a bottle of alcohol and being accompanied by a police officer.
Gascoigne, affectionately known to fans as Gazza, was not admitted to hospital or rehab according to his management A1 Sporting Speakers, after reports in The Sun newspaper that he had relapsed last week.
In a Facebook message, the former Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers player said: “Thanks so much for all your support. u would think they would leave me alone but it is good sometimes being famous.
“I’ve done really well for 11 mths, I have one blip and I get hammered for it. I’m back on track now.
“I’m not perfect and don’t want to be either but I am trying my best always. I love YOUS all.”
His management posted a picture showing the sportsman with some small cuts on his face – taken on Saturday morning.
They said: “Paul has had a bad week. This photograph is of him at 8.10 this morning. The Sun photos were bad but this is two days later. He wasn’t admitted to hospital as they said in their interview.
“He went home where he is recovering. He told me he’s been working out and getting stronger and he is determined to get back on track.”
Gascoigne has previously told how he realised he was an alcoholic when he was 33, having been confused as to why when he woke up at 5am after a night out he would still want another drink.