Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme will remain listed as the club’s number one for the 2017/2018 season.
It was announced last week that the goalkeeper has been diagnosed with leukaemia, for which he has immediately started treatment.
The championship side signed former England international goalkeeper John Ruddy and there were fears he will serve as Ikeme’s replacement.
But Wolves announced on Twitter yesterday that the Nigerian will retain his no. 1 jersey at the club.
“Wolves can confirm that Carl Ikeme will remain listed as the club’s number one for the 2017-18 season,” a club statement read.
The club have also announced a number of initiatives to support Ikeme in what could be a long fight against cancer.
Ten per cent of gate receipts from the season opener against Middlesbrough on August 5 will be donated to Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukaemia, as will profits from the sale of goalkeeper replica shirts printed with ‘Ikeme 1’.
A large banner, flags and messages of support for Ikeme on the electronic boards are among the club’s other initiatives, the club said.
Ikeme has been a Wolves player throughout his 14-year professional career. He has been out on numerous loans but featured regularly for Wolves in recent years.