Chris Kamara getting brain scan for dementia signs after Lineker admits fears

Footballer-turned TV star Chris Kamara has revealed he is having a brain scan next week to check for signs of dementia.

The former Leeds and Middlesbrough midfielder made the admission on today’s edition of Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4.

It came as part of a discussion about Gary Lineker, who himself admitted to dementia fears and committed to getting his own brain tested this summer.

Pundit Kammy, 63, said: “I’m going for a scan next Monday… we talked about it [dementia] on the programme, I went home and she [wife Anne] said: ‘You’re all blasé? You think you’ve had a fabulous career, if it all ended tomorrow, that would be fine. What about the grandkids, what about me? Get checked, there might be something you can do’.”

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Middlesbrough-born Chris Kamara in action against Nottingham Forest in 1993

Kammy added: “It’s a precaution. It’s not part of the ageing process, like other people [when] you start to lose your memory. You think I’m getting old.

“You’re there but you’re not there if you get dementia, which is horrible.”

Steph asked Kammy whether he was worried about having the scan. He replied: “No. I’ve had a great life.”

Research has found professional players are 3.5 times more likely to get the illness than the average person.

Lineker, 60, called for heading to be banned in training at all levels. Kammy agreed that heading should be banned in training for younger players but said it should not be banned from the game.

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He said: “To ban it from the game itself, it would ruin the game. It’s not just the heading of the ball, it’s the collision that’s the problem. Football wouldn’t be football without heading.”

Dementia has led to the deaths of four of England’s 1966 World Cup winning heroes – Nobby Stiles, Jack Charlton, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson – while Sir Bobby Charlton was diagnosed with the condition last year.

Last month former Manchester United defender Gordon McQueen, 68, became the latest ex-pro to be affected.

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