Championship side, Wolverhampton Wanderers, have announced that Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.
In a statement via their official social media accounts, the club said; “It is with great sadness that Wolves are today announcing that Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.”
The 31-year-old Nigerian international goalkeeper, who missed Nigeria’s 0-2 defeat to South Africa in an AFCON qualifier last month, was said to have returned some abnormal blood tests during his pre-season testing, with further medical investigation revealing he is suffering from leukaemia.
Commenting further on the sad news, in a statement via the club’s website, was Wolves’ Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple, who said: “It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl’s diagnosis.”
“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.
“There are going to be some very tough times ahead, but he will receive the best possible care, aided and supported by our own club doctor and medical team, as he embarks on the lengthy process of treatment.
“We are speaking to Carl regularly, and sending him our very best wishes as he comes to terms with this news and starts his recovery,” the statement concluded.
Carl will now start an immediate course of chemotherapy as he begins a lengthy battle against the disease.
The club also revealed that Ikeme and his family have requested that their privacy be respected at this very moment, with updates on his progress to be provided via the club.