By 90Min
July 20, 2017

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with leukemia, following concerning blood test results during his pre-season training testing.

The club confirmed the long-serving stopper's illness in a statement on Wednesday evening, sending a strong message of support to the man who joined the club in 2003.

Ikeme has been unfortunate with injuries and therefore has spent a lot of recovery time out on loan, allowing him to play for and influence many sides.

​​He's appeared for clubs such as Charlton Athletic, Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers, showing the wide influence and experience the player has offered up and down the English Football League, with many of those sides already sending their best wishes.

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

Dalrymple continued: “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."

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND- APRIL 14: General view of the Wolverhampton Wanderers corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
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“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 club reported that Carl will immediately start a course of chemotherapy as he begins a lengthy battle against the disease.

90min would like to join the football community in wishing Carl a speedy recovery and send best wishes to himself and his family in this difficult time.

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