Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, the club have announced.
During pre-season testing, the Nigerian’s blood tests showed abnormal results. Further testing confirmed that Ikeme had the illness.
Carl Ikeme began his career at Wolves and has remained at the club despite playing for nine different clubs on loan. So far, he has amassed 200 appearances for the Wanderers.
He has celebrated two title victories; the Football League Championship in 2008/9 and the Football League One triumph in 2013/14. His performances in 2013/14 earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year for that season.
It was just two years ago that the 31 year old – born in England – made his debut for Nigeria against Tanzania. He has appeared a further nine times for the Super Eagles.
Support has flooded in from the player’s teammates, fans and others worldwide.
“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.
“That relates to both players and staff as Carl has been at the club for a very long time and remains such an integral personality within the group.
“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.
“Similarly, its goes without saying that Carl and his family will receive the full love and support that we at Wolves can provide – we are all with him every single step of the way towards a full recovery.”
We wish Carl Ikeme a speedy recovery.