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Koeman: Lennon must put health first and not think about football

By Carl Markham

Everton manager Ronald Koeman hopes to see winger Aaron Lennon back in his squad soon but admits the player's well-being is paramount.

On Sunday the 30-year-old was detained under the Mental Health Act amid concerns for his welfare and the club subsequently revealed he was suffering from a stress-related illness.

Koeman is keen for Lennon to make a full recovery before he starts thinking about football again.

"As you know, the club mentioned that Aaron had a stress-related illness and it is a private situation," he said. "We try to give him all the support (to enable) him to come back as soon as possible.

Koeman concedes the pressure on players is greater now than when he was still playing but he feels there are systems in place to provide support.

"We try always with every individual player to help him to improve as a football player and if we feel there are some problems in mental health or other issues then we have enough people working in the club to help players with these kind of problems.

"You need to have open communication with players so if there is something, they will mention it, but I think we have the people here to support the players if there is any mental problem."

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