Gazza's coming home! Former England star out of rehab and on his way back from Arizona
02:05 GMT, 8 March 2013
04:17 GMT, 8 March 2013
Paul Gascoigne will return to England after spending time in rehab in Arizona to deal with his severe alcohol problem.
The 45-year-old, whose celebrity friends came together to fund his 6,000-a-week treatment in the US, had a public meltdown at a charity event in Northampton in January but he has vowed to quit booze.
A source close to Gazza told The Sun: ‘We’re just delighted that Paul’s back on track and coming home, where he can get back into his routine of doing the things he enjoys – without the booze getting in the way ever again.'
Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton
The source added: 'He’s been in good hands out there
and he’s worked really hard over the past month to get where he is. We
were as shocked as anyone to see how bad things had got for Paul, and so
we’re just grateful that so many people stood by him like they did.
'We couldn’t have have got him back to good health again without their help.'
After his appearance in Northampton, video footage also emerged of the former Tottenham midfielder at the depths of his alcoholism and mental torment.
Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment
He was drinking two litres of
gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day before he was rushed to rehab, a former friend claimed.
time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also said he was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and
He was rushed
to intensive care from the Cottonwood Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona when doctors feared he
could have suffered a major organ failure after having a seizure due to
Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation
such as Chris Evans, Alan Shearer, Alan Sugar and Ronnie Irani have
lent support to a Twitter campaign to raise the 100,000 needed to cover his treatment.
English players Frank Lampard, John
Terry, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere had contributed funds, while FA
Charity the England Footballers Foundation also contributed 40,000 from
the national team.
Gascoigne is expected to be alone for two months during his rehabilitation.