To a certain generation of football fans, Paul Gascoigne is a God.
The former Newcastle, Tottenham, Lazio and Rangers midfielder was once one of the most gifted footballers on the planet, with a personality large enough to match his ability.
Sadly however, he's never been able to win his battle with alcohol and the latest pictures of the 48-year-old, released by the Sun, show that he's suffered another relapse.
Last week, former Tottenham team-mate Gary Mabbutt spoke of the 'good spell' he'd been having recently and said he'd been dry for 'five or six months', but now it appears he's fallen off the wagon.
The Sun have published pictures which appear to show a bloodied and bruised Gascoigne stumbling from a taxi while clutching a bottle of gin. The ex-England international's neighbours called the police to assist him, however he'd disappeared by the time they arrived.
Gascoigne was later picked up by Police in Dorset and driven to hospital after they'd launched a missing persons search - although his camp later insisted he wasn't admitted into hospital.
In a statement on Facebook, A1 Sporting Speakers, who appear to represent the former midfielder, said he's at home recovering after a 'bad week', and insisted Gascoigne is 'determined to get back on track'.
"Paul has had a bad week," the statement read. "This photograph is of him at 8.10 this morning. The Sun photos were bad but this is two days later, he wasn't admitted to hospital as they said in their interview. He went home where he is recovering. He told me he's been working out and getting stronger and he is determined to get back on track."
Only recently Gascoigne has insisted he'd been sober for an entire year having been put on a 'marmite' treatment course, which sees alcoholics hooked up to a drip which contains niacin, a vitamin found in the spread.
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