Former England and Arsenal defender Kenny Sansom, ‘walking and talking after recovering from a beating, fighting for his life’
- Kenny Sansom has been at the end of an attack in recent months
- The 61-year-old is now walking and talking, friends ‘happy with his progress’
- He was transferred from Exeter to a hospital in Kent, where the attack took place
- Sansom was able to see his daughter Natalie, 40, on Father’s Day on June 21
Kenny Sansom is recovering from a beating in recent months that has forced the ex-English defender to fight for his life, according to reports.
Sansom, who made 85 games for his country from 1979 to 1998, is now able to walk and talk to his family, but gets months of treatment after a sustained attack after a drink.
The 61-year-old, who has battled alcoholism in the past, has been moved from a hospital in Exeter, Devon to a hospital in Kent – closer to his family – with friends ‘excited’ about his progress, according to The sun.
Former English defender Kenny Sansom continued to ‘fight for his life’ after taking an attack
Sansom, who played mainly for Arsenal, ‘now walks and talks to his family’
Sansom reportedly saw his daughter Natalie, 40, on Father’s Day on June 21.
Kenny is getting stronger week after week. For a long time it was ‘touch and go,’ said one source.
“Then there were fears that he might not walk again. But Kenny is now back on his feet and can walk unaided.
Sansom himself cannot remember the Exeter attack, with police reportedly questioning a 60-year-old man about the attack on April 7.
The former left back, who also performed for Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and QPR, among others, had a hard time after his retirement in the mid-1990s.
He struggled with business and gambling issues, as well as alcoholism, but has worked as an expert for his former teams in recent years.