Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with leukaemia, footballing world unites in support – Abnormal blood tests were taken during the Championship club’s pre-season training and further medical investigation has revealed the 31-year-old is suffering from leukaemia.
Carl Ikeme (Twitter – File Photo)
Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia and will begin chemotherapy immediately, the club said on Thursday. Abnormal blood tests were taken during the Championship club’s pre-season training and further medical investigation has revealed the 31-year-old is suffering from leukaemia.
“It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl’s diagnosis,” said Wolves’ managing director Laurie Dalrymple. “At the same time, we all know what a fighter and a competitor Carl is, and I have no doubt that he will take all of those attributes into this battle.”
The goalkeeping world showed its support to Ikeme on Twitter:
— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) July 6, 2017
Stay strong Carl Ikeme, I am sure you will overcome this battle!
— Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) July 6, 2017
— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) July 7, 2017
Thoughts are with you and your family bigman @Carl_Ikeme 🙏🏻
— Marcus Bettinelli (@marcusbettss) July 7, 2017
My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Great person who is always positive. Be strong, praying for you! @Carl_Ikeme
— Ali Al-Habsi (@AliAlhabsi) July 7, 2017
Ikeme, who was born in England but been capped 10 times by Nigeria, has made more than 200 appearances for Wolves.
(Inputs from Reuters)