Ex-Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper Bob Wilson is receiving treatment for prostate cancer, canceling all scheduled work and charity appointments to focus on his recovery.
BBC Sport provide a statement from the 72-year-old international stopper-turned-broadcaster discussing his request request for privacy while he undergoes treatment for the illness:
"I am very confident that the treatment I am receiving will prove successful and kindly ask that my privacy is respected at this time."
Following his retirement in 1974, Wilson took up a coaching position with Arsenal, as well as finding another successful venture in broadcasting.
Working with media outlets such as the BBC and ITV, presenting numerous football programs for more than 20 years.
Wilson's son John Wilson, also a BBC presenter, added: "Knowing how strong my dad is, I have every faith he will be back to match fitness very soon indeed."
Wilson played his entire professional career with the Gunners, spending more than a decade in North London and making 308 appearances for the club, per his official Arsenal profile.
The club's official Twitter account along with current midfielder Aaron Ramsey sent in their messages of support for the former Gunners figure:
Everyone at Arsenal FC wishes Bob Wilson all the very best following his diagnosis with prostate cancer. Our thoughts are with you Willow.— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 13, 2014
Just heard the news about Bob Wilson. A brilliant guy, wishing him well in his battle with cancer— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) April 13, 2014
Britain's sports journalists also sent their regards to the Scot during this time of hardship:
I can think of few nicer men I've met in football (indeed life) than Bob Wilson. He has so much support in his battle with prostate cancer— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) April 13, 2014
Bob Wilson is a wonderful, dignified & principled man, an #afc legend who raises fortunes for charity. Thoughts with Bob as he fights cancer— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 13, 2014
Bob Wilson is one of my favourite people in football. An inspiration. Fund raiser, passionate, great bloke. Best wishes as he battles cancer— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) April 13, 2014
Wilson's daughter Anne passed away in 1998 from a rare form of cancer at 31 years of age, leading he and his wife Megs to set up the Willow Foundation, aimed at supporting young people coping with serious illness.
The Press Association (h/t The Guardian) quote a Prostate UK spokesperson as saying of Wilson's announcement:
We wish Bob Wilson our best wishes in his fight against prostate cancer. A key figure in the football world, he has already been affected by the tragic consequences of cancer, and his tireless work for the Willow Foundation, set up in the memory of his late daughter, continues to this day.
It says everything of the man that he has already pledged to return to those efforts as soon as he can.
Keyhole surgery, cryotherapy and radiotherapy are just some of the methods used in the treatment of prostate cancer.