Nigeria, Wolverhampton Keeper Carl Ikeme Announces Leukaemia in Full Remission

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2018

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:Carl Ikeme of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on January 14, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)
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Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nigeria international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced he is in "complete remission" from Leukaemia.

The 32-year-old stopper shared the update on his condition on Twitter:

Premier League side Wolves responded with best wishes for the player, who has been on the books since 2003:

Wolves' Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion also tweeted good wishes to the recovering player:

Ikeme, who has spent his whole career with Wolves, was diagnosed in July of 2017. The illness was caught during a routine check at Wolves.

The disease meant Super Eagles international Ikeme missed the chance to represent Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer. Before the tournament, coach Gernot Rohr said, per BBC Sport: "My biggest regret is the absence of Carl."

As a show of solidarity and encouragement, the Super Eagles and Rohr gave an honorary 24th squad place to Ikeme, per Ian Tuckey of The Sun. Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 in Volgograd on Friday, but Ikeme's former team-mate and Iceland international Jon Dadi Bodvarsson led a show of support before the game:

Ikeme, who has had nine loan spells during his Wolves career, said on Instagram that he now intends to take things "a day at a time."

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