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Sport Former England captain and FA Cup winner Dave Watson has neurodegenerative disease 'most likely brought on by heading'

15:00  15 february  2020
15:00  15 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease that was “ most likely ” brought on by head Watson shone as Sunderland won the FA Cup in 1973 and helped Manchester City to League Cup glory Dave Watson , former England football international player and captain , has been battling a

Former England captain Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease that was " most likely " brought on by head injuries and repeated heading of the ball during his playing days, his wife has said in a statement released to the Press Association news agency.

Former England captain Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease © Howard Walker/Mirrorpix/Getty Images Former England captain Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease

Former England captain Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease that was 'most likely' brought on by head injuries and repeated heading of the ball during his playing days, his wife has revealed.

Penny Watson says the 73-year-old's consultant believes he has 'in all probability chronic traumatic encephalopathy' — the same disease which caused former West Brom striker Jeff Astle's death in 2002.

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Watson shone as Sunderland won the FA Cup in 1973 and helped Manchester City to League Cup glory three years later in a career that saw him win 65 caps and play for a number of clubs.

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Former England captain Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease which his wife Penny believes was most likely brought on by head injuries and The English FA suggests a restriction in the amount of heading by under-18 players in training, while the Scottish FA is set to ban under-12s

disease that was “ most likely ” brought on by head injuries and repeated heading of the ball during his playing days, his wife has said. Watson shone as Sunderland won the FA Cup in 1973 and helped Manchester City to win the League Cup three years later in a career during which he also

The former defender will be inducted into Sunderland's Hall of Fame next month - ahead of which wife Penny has revealed he is dealing with a neurodegenerative disease.

In a statement released to the PA news agency, she said: 'Now seems like the right time to inform you that for several years my husband Dave Watson, former England football international player and captain, has been battling a neurodegenerative disease.

a man playing a game of football: Watson shone as Sunderland won the FA Cup in 1973 and he went on to win 65 caps © Provided by Daily Mail Watson shone as Sunderland won the FA Cup in 1973 and he went on to win 65 caps

'His consultant has concluded that the condition Dave is now living with is in all probability Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) - most likely caused by Dave's many head injuries, including severe concussions, and repeated heading of the ball.

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Former England captain Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease that was " most likely " brought on by head injuries and repeated heading of the ball during his playing days, his wife has said in a statement. Penny Watson says that the

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'Dave has good days and bad days. He endeavours to continue to live and enjoy a normal life, as best as possible, however almost every day we are confronted with a new challenge.

'If you come across him at a match or elsewhere, please don't be afraid to interact with him. Understand that he may not be able to converse in the way he once did, but he still loves to talk about football and share a laugh.

Jeff Astle posing for a photo: Former West Brom striker Jeff Astle died in 2002 from chronic traumatic encephalopathy © Provided by Daily Mail Former West Brom striker Jeff Astle died in 2002 from chronic traumatic encephalopathy

'Please be considerate if he is having a bad day and struggling. This disease plays tricks on his memory, so he may not be able to remember accurately, and he may find signing autographs a challenge.

'The last thing Dave wants is to be treated with pity. He has always been a fighter, as those of you who watched him play know but this is one battle Dave cannot win.

'Even though things have not ended up as we both planned, Dave does not regret pursuing his passion, doing what he loved - playing football.' 

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