SKY SPORTS broadcaster Chris Kamara has bravely revealed that he is battling depression over his ability to speak after Soccer Saturday viewers raised concerns about his welfare.
The 64-year-old also told fans last year that he had been diagnosed with thyroid disease.
And while covering Shrewsbury Town’s League One’s trip to Rotherham on Saturday afternoon, Sky viewers noticed Kamara was livid.
The much-loved broadcaster and former Leeds, Brentford and Middlesbrough midfielder later revealed he is suffering from a new health condition that is hampering his ability to speak.
Kammy has arrived Twitter after the game, telling fans he was “ok ish” in a brave message.
He wrote: “Just wanted to let a few of you know who tweeted me today that I’m fine.
“Along with my thyroid problem, I developed Apraxia of Speech and am trying to get my voice back to normal.
“Some days can be a little slow and some days normal. Hopefully I can beat this!”
Aphasia is a condition that makes it difficult to speak, where people know what they want to say but have difficulty communicating their words.
Kamara was flooded with words of support from fans and colleagues after revealing his health struggles, with more than 112,000 users liking his post to show support.
Saturday’s soccer teammate Jeff Stelling also responded to Kamara with a touching message.
He wrote: “@chris_kammy, you still bring life, energy, joy and understanding to all your reports on Soccer Saturday. We all love you. Keep it up!”
Sky host Dave Jones also sent his best wishes, praising Kamara as a “hero” for his continued health struggles.
Jones said: “You are a hero to me and so many others Kammy sends love.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4936340/chris-kamara-health-battle-slurred-speech/ Chris Kamara bravely reveals battle with new health condition as worried Soccer Saturday viewers notice terse speech