Ailing Super Eagles keeper, Carl Ikeme, on Sunday lifted his fans’ spirits, saying he is much better.
Ikeme, who is the goal tender for the Wolves of England, was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July 2017 and had to go into chemotherapy immediately.
The announcement of his condition threw his club, Super Eagles team-mates and fans into anguish as they wondered about the prospects of the likely sudden retirement of the 31-year-old Nigerian international.
His tweet, which was immediately shared by his many of his fans reads: “Thanks everyone ❤️ been off Twitter for a bit getting on with my treatment. But I’m ok and thanks for the support again 🔸◾️”
Ikeme had returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis.
Ikeme has been with Wolves for his entire career, making more than 200 appearances for Wanderers, reports BBC.
Thirty-three of those came last season, having previously been in the team that won the League One title in 2013-14.
“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.”
‘A strong man, a strong wolf’
Football clubs, players and team-mates of Ikeme, past and present, have been offering their support to the goalkeeper on social media.
Striker Nouha Dicko: “No words can express how I feel right now. I love you Carl. We are all with you, you are a strong man, a strong wolf. Stay strong bro.”
Winger Jordan Graham: “Kemes – you’re like a second father to me. The love I have for you I can’t even put into words. Stay strong we are ALL with you bro!”
Midfielder Dave Edwards: “On and off the pitch you are a role model to so many Carl Ikeme…we are all by you and your family’s side right now and we all love you!”
Millwall midfielder Jed Wallace: “One of the most genuine people you could wish to meet. Role model on and off the pitch. Stay strong big fella.”
Norwich winger Matt Jarvis: “Stay strong big man! Wishing you my best!”
Bolton striker Adam Le Fondre: “Absolutely gutted to hear – one of football’s top guys! My thoughts are with you and your family!!”