Nigerian international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia (cancer of the blood).
This was disclosed after the Wolves goalkeeper reported back for pre-season training and returned abnormal results on a blood test, according to Express & Star.
Ikeme, 31, will now start an immediate course of chemotherapy to treat the ailment, his club announced in a statement Thursday.
“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.
“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, who also had stints at QPR and Leicester in England, made his international debut for Nigeria in 2015, and has since claimed the number one shirt.
He last featured for the Super Eagles in the 2-1 victory over Zambia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ndola last October.
Meanwhile, fans wishing to send messages of support to Ikeme can email firstname.lastname@example.org.