Former Arsenal and England defender Kenny Sansom has been taken to hospital for an illness not related to coronavirus.
A message on the 61-year-old’s Twitter account confirmed he was receiving treatment but, while it did not disclose any further details, it confirmed the issue was not Covid-19.
The tweet read:
“Kenny is currently ill in hospital. He is being well cared for and does not have Covid-19.
“Kenny’s family and close friends kindly ask the media to respect his and their privacy, plus that of the healthcare workers treating Kenny.”
Sansom played 394 times for Arsenal in all competitions between 1980 and 1988, winning the League Cup in 1987 and being named in the PFA First Division Team of the Year eight seasons running.
He also appeared 86 times for England, including at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.
Born in London in 1958, left-back Sansom started his career at Crystal Palace, captaining Palace’s youth team to the FA Youth Cup in 1977 while also captaining England’s youth team.
After working his way into the Palace side in the mid-1970s, Sansom became a first-team fixture for four seasons at the Eagles before moving to Arsenal in the summer of 1980 having been named Palace’s Player of the Year in 1977 and 1979.
Source: News update