Leeds back O’brien on de­pres­sion treat­ment

Midweek Sport - - TONIGHT'S PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION - By DAVID DOYLE

LEEDS de­fender Andy O’brien will re­ceive the club’s full sup­port as he bids to win back his first-team place af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for de­pres­sion.

Man­ager Si­mon Grayson de­clared O’brien had no fu­ture at El­land Road af­ter the cen­tre-half re­fused to play in Leeds’ 2-1 win at Burn­ley in Novem­ber and the 32-year-old has been side­lined since then.

But fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal in­quiry, the club has urged fans to give the for­mer New­cas­tle and Bolton player their full sup­port af­ter his treat­ment at the Sport­ing Chance clinic.

An of­fi­cial state­ment read: “The club brought dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against the player fol­low­ing his re­fusal to play against Burn­ley on Novem­ber 19, 2011.

“It was an­nounced at that time that the player’s fu­ture would be de­ter­mined af­ter a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Treat­ment

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to a fuller un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues the player has faced since the start of the sea­son, which has seen him seek spe­cial­ist med­i­cal treat­ment at the Sport­ing Chance Clinic for de­pres­sion.

“He is now ready to recom­mence train­ing and the club will fa­cil­i­tate any fur­ther treat­ment that is re­quired.

“We were ex­cep­tion­ally dis­ap­pointed when Andy re­fused to play be­fore the Burn­ley game and felt let down. It is now ap­par­ent that there were a num­ber of is­sues he was deal­ing with at that time which af­fected him in a way we could not imag­ine and he was not in the right state of mind to make such de­ci­sions.

“On this ba­sis we be­lieve he de­serves a sec­ond chance and we will do ev­ery­thing we can to as­sist him. The club would ap­peal to its fans to sup­port the player.”

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SUP­PORT: Andy O’brien

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