By Daniel Davis For Mailonline
Published: 17:02 BST, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 17:03 BST, 14 September 2020
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll has revealed all on his battles to overcome alcoholism and depression.
The 42-year-old, who made 46 appearances at Old Trafford between 2001 and 2005, lapsed into his 'rock bottom' spell during his recovery from injury and admitted his struggles heavily affected his life off the field.
Carroll attended rehab in an attempt to haul himself back on track, having also driven away his loved ones during his time drinking too much, and has bravely opened up about the experience in a podcast.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll has spoken about his battle with alcoholism
Having been given time away from the training field while injured, Carroll explained how his daily routine soon took on a dark outlook and centred around drinking heavily.
He believes this fall into alcoholism directly stemmed from his suffering mental health - and revealed it wasn't until his wellbeing had plummeted alarmingly that he discovered who his close friends were.
'It was depression,' he told the latest Official Manchester United podcast. 'Let me try and explain it. I was doing same thing every day. I was getting in that little hole, and it was getting bigger and bigger.
The 42-year-old slipped into drinking heavily and became depressed during a spell out injured
'Because I was injured I wasn’t even going into training – they had told me to take two months off. So I was getting into a routine, waking up about 10 o’clock, half ten. Drinking when I got up, drinking at lunchtime, drinking at teatime. The wife and