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.