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Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukaemia

- Fresh reports indicate that Super Eagles goalkeeper is suffering from acute leukaemia

- The 31-year-old was informed of the ailment during a pre-season medical in England

- The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper will now begin an immediate course of chemotherapy

Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed of acute leukaemia the British club has confirmed.

Leukaemia is a progressive disease in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leucocytes.

The tragic news was disclosed to the 31-year-old shortly after a blood test immediately he returned to the club for pre-season training.

Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed of acute leukaemia. Photo: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed of acute leukaemia

Ikeme who is expected to be named in Super Eagles squad that will face the Indomitable Lions in a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier in August will now begin an immediate course of chemotherapy.

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Managing director of Wolves Laurie Dalrymple expressed sadness as the news and disclosed that the entire club is in total shock.

"It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl’s diagnosis,” he started.

"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."

Ikeme has been a major force at Wolverhampton Wanderers and the club will do everything to assist the player.

Ikeme has made 10 caps for Nigeria since his first international game against Tanzania match in September 2015

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