Football stars, including former Nigeria captain and current Lille goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama have paid tributes to Carl Ikeme after news broke on Thursday that the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper had been diagnosed with acute leukemia.
Leukaemia is cancer of the blood causing too many white blood cells to be produced and affecting the bone marrow.
Ikeme’s return to action looks unlikely and the 31-year-old is understood to have taken the setback in good faith. He will begin chemotherapy immediately.
Former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, and his Wolves Nigerian-born teammate, Dominic Iorfa Jnr., were among the first set of footballers that wished Ikeme well on Thursday night, expressing regret at the news.
Ikeme’s predecessor at the national team, Enyeama wrote via his Twitter handle @vinpee: “God be with him @Carl_Ikeme @NGSuperEagles we pray for success and healing.”
Wolverhampton Wanderers defender, Iorfa wrote: “Wow lost for words. Stay strong big man and get well soon’’.
Norwich City midfielder Matt Jarvis also wrote via his Twitter handle: “Stay strong big man! Wishing you my best! @Carl_Ikeme.”
Bolton Wanderers striker, Adam Le Fondre, also wrote: “Absolutely gutted to hear that @Carl_Ikeme has leukaemia, one of footballs top guys! My thoughts are with you and your family!!”