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NRL: Eels' Foran to pursue legal action

Parramatta Eels captain Kieran Foran will assess his legal options after claims he has been betting after his release from hospital.

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Kieran Foran is set to launch legal action after details of an alleged betting splurge from the Parramatta Eels star were leaked.

The five-eighth has only just returned for selection after being granted indefinite leave in order to deal with personal problems and receive medical treatment.

Foran is set to play in Monday's NRL clash with Melbourne Storm, but the build-up to that game has seen claims in the Australian media that the 25-year-old has been betting heavily.

In a statement the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) condemned the reports and suggested the Eels captain is ready to take legal action.

"The Rugby League Players Association is appalled by today's News Limited story relating to Kieran Foran," a statement read.

"We have been in contact today with Kieran, the club's welfare manager and the NRL who all share our disappointment in the story and concern regarding the potential for it to impact on Kieran's mental health. 

"We have been informed there are factual inaccuracies in the story and we understand these matters, together with any breaches of privacy and confidentiality, are being pursued legally by Kieran's management, SFX Sports.

"It is disturbing that a story of this nature has been published by News Limited when it is public knowledge that Kieran is currently dealing with complex personal matters."

Meanwhile, the RLPA provided an update on Foran's condition as he prepares to get back on the field with the Eels.

They added: "In relation to Kieran's health generally, he has been receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Brisbane. 

"The treatment has progressed well and Kieran has recovered to the point that his doctor considers it best for him to now return to footy as part of his treatment plan. This decision has been made by Kieran based purely on medical advice and what is in his best interests."

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