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By ESPN Staff

Everton star hospitalised after 'spiked drink'

LONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Everton's Dutch midfielder Andy van der Meyde is being treated in hospital after being taken ill in the early hours of Monday.

'His progress is currently being monitored by hospital staff and the club will be making no further comment on the incident until after Merseyside Police has completed its ongoing investigation into the circumstances leading up to Andy's admission into hospital,' Everton said in a brief statement on their Web site.

Sky Sports News reported the 26-year-old had been taken ill after his drink had been spiked while Merseyside Police said they were investigating CCTV footage from bars in Liverpool city centre.

'We were called this morning at 20 to three by a woman, the partner of the man, saying his drink had been spiked,' a police spokeswoman said.

'An ambulance was called and he was taken to Arrowe Park hospital in the Wirral where he is being treated.

'As a result of an examination of CCTV footage, an investigation is underway and inquiries have been made at bars in Liverpool city centre.'