Kenny Sansom, former Palace and Arsenal star, diagnosed with brain disorder

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Former England international Kenny Sansom has been diagnosed with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, but is now out of hospital, Crystal Palace announced.

The former Arsenal and Palace defender was hospitalized in May, with no details being given about his condition other than the fact that he did not have Covid-19.

An additional update was provided a month later via Sansom’s Twitter account detailing that he was still in the hospital and required 24-hour care.

No further news has been received on the 62-year-old man, but his family provided an update on Monday in a statement on Palace’s website.

It read: “Kenny Sansom’s family would like to update Crystal Palace supporters on Kenny’s health, following reports earlier this year that he was hospitalized.

Kenny left the hospital and settled in a new accommodation, but he was diagnosed with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, a type of brain disorder and a form of dementia.

“It is in the early stages of the disease, which is reversible and treatable. With the support of your family and caregivers, you are in the first steps on your road to recovery.

“Those closest to him are encouraged by his progress and the positive attitude he is showing in difficult circumstances.

“The family would like their privacy and his to be respected.

“As always, everyone at Crystal Palace Football Club wishes Kenny the best, and we look forward to welcoming him back to Selhurst Park soon.”

Sansom began his career with the South London team and helped them win the Second Division in 1979, before joining the Gunners in 1980, where he won the League Cup seven years later.

He also played for Newcastle, QPR, Coventry, Everton, Brentford and Watford and appeared in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, having won 86 games for England, before retiring in 1994.




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