Former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has given a revealing insight into his battle with depression.

The 40-year-old, now a summariser for radio station talkSPORT, received treatment for the condition while playing for Aston Villa in the late 1990s and has taken the step of speaking out about his latest bout in a bid to encourage understanding of the illness.

In a lengthy and emotional Twitter post, Collymore wrote: "Around 10 days ago, I started to feel anxiety, which grew into irrational fear and insomnia for three days (little sleep and an incredibly active, negative mind) that turned over last weekend into hypersomnia, whereby my energy levels dipped to zero and my sleep went from eight to 18 hours overnight."

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