Be strong, be brave: Ter Stegen offers support to Ikeme


With the news of Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme suffering from acute leukemia still jolting shock waves, the Wolverhampton wanderers shot stopper has got support from German and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre  Ter Stegen.

Ikeme is to begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Championship club Wolves say Ikeme, 31, returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis.

Ter Stegen who has previously played for Borussia Mochengladbach sent a powerful message to the Nigerian no. 1 saying.

“Today I read the story about Carl Ikeme, a goalkeeper for Nigeria and Wolverhampton, who’s been diagnosed with acute leukemia [sic]. A person I’ve never met but his story affects me and touches my heart.

“I can’t underline how important health is. In sport, it means a lot for every athlete; and it’s not just crucial so that we perform well but our health does affect us mentally also. I try to be in the best possible shape, remembering to follow my diet and regularly check up on my health status. I think about this all time. I would never want to see a player get injured, especially when it’s serious. I know the feeling and it’s the worst.

“But more alarming than an injury, is having to stop what you love because of your health. It’s complicated to understand and a painful reality to realize.  And when the cause is cancer. I am speechless. I don’t know what to say.

“I wish Carl and his family all the strength in the world. I’m sure his team-mates and club will be there too, and all their fans. It’s important to be united! And me too, I offer all my possible support. I’m hoping he can fight like goalkeepers always do, with a calm and positive mind. I believe in you, Carl. Be strong. Be brave.”

Ikeme who has been battling long term injury, just made a return to training before the shocking news of his cancer diagnosis.

The 31-year-old who took over as Nigeria’s number one goalkeeper has now seen his steady growing career hit a premature end.

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