Parramatta star Kieran Foran is believed to have overdosed on prescription drugs that led to him being hospitalised and granted a leave of absence from NRL duties this week.
Fairfax Media reported on Friday that the Eels captain was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital midweek after suffering an adverse reaction to medication.
The New Zealand Test star has since been released from hospital and was seen at Sydney airport on Friday.
Club boss John Boulous said they would give Foran all the support he needs, but refused to divulge any reasons why the former Manly five-eighth was given time off, or for his hospitalisation.
Asked if drugs were involved, Boulous said: “I can’t go into the details and I won’t go into details of anything there.
“It’s a private situation for Kieran. All we know is his wellbeing is first and foremost our major priority. I’m not going to say either way.”
Boulous said Foran, who recently split from the mother of his two children, had been struggling with personal issues “for a while”, and that many of his teammates were aware of his plight.
No timeframe for Foran’s return has been discussed.
“Moving forward, Kieran will take as much time as he wants and needs to get himself right. We’ve put no end date on that,” Boulous said.
Foran’s long-time partner Rebecca Pope’s Instagram account now bills her as a “single mummy to Jordan & Emerson.”
In a recent post on the social media site, she alluded to the fact the pair had split three weeks after Jordan’s birth 10 weeks ago.
Foran has also been involved in legal action with the Sea Eagles, where he is reportedly seeking to recover almost $150,000 in third-party payments.
He has also had to deal with the NRL’s ongoing investigation into salary cap breaches at Parramatta, however Boulous denied that was the source of Foran’s problems.
“It’s a separate issue,” he said.
“I can’t speak for Kieran in any way about salary cap issues. But all I know is that we’ve got someone here that has put his hand up for some help and his wellbeing is most important to us.”