Tyne & Wear

Gazza in hospital 'for days' after Newcastle car crash

Scene of accident
Image caption The car hit a signpost on Newcastle's quayside

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne is likely to remain in hospital for several days after being injured in a car crash on Tyneside.

The ex-Newcastle star was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which hit a sign post in the city on Sunday evening.

A spokesman for Newcastle General Hospital said the 43-year-old was comfortable, but unlikely to be released before the end of the week.

A 36-year-old woman suspected of drinking and driving is on police bail.

The crash happened on the city's quayside, next to the Guildhall and close to the Tyne Bridge, at 2145 BST.

A witness said the dark blue Astra "went smack into the side of the Guildhall, hitting the taxi rank sign as it went".

Mr Gascoigne is not thought to have been seriously hurt, and on Monday hospital staff said he was "sitting up in bed and chatting with visitors".

The car's female driver was also treated, but later discharged.

A former player with Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Glasgow Rangers and Middlesbrough, the footballer was a star of England's 1990 World Cup team in Italy.

He tried his hand at management at Kettering Town in 2005, but was sacked after 39 days.

Mr Gascoigne, of Jesmond Park, Newcastle, has faced a long battle with alcohol.

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