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Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia



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 James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

The tragic news was disclosed to the 31-year-old after he returned abnormal blood tests during pre-season training with the Championship club and was diagnosed with leukaemia after a further medical investigation.

Carl’s club Wolves took to their official website to make the announcement.

They wrote:

It is with great sadness that Wolves can today reveal that Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

The 31-year-old Nigerian international goalkeeper returned some abnormal blood tests during his pre-season testing, and a further medical investigation has revealed he is suffering from leukaemia.

Carl will now start an immediate course of chemotherapy as he begins a lengthy battle against the disease.

“It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl’s diagnosis,” said Wolves’ Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple.

“That relates to both players and staff as Carl has been at the club for a very long time and remains such an integral personality within the group.

“At the same time, we all know what a fighter and a competitor Carl is, and I have no doubt that he will take all of those attributes into this battle.

“Similarly, its goes without saying that Carl and his family will receive the full love and support that we at Wolves can provide – we are all with him every single step of the way towards a full recovery.

“There are going to be some very tough times ahead, but he will receive the best possible care, aided and supported by our own club doctor and medical team, as he embarks on the lengthy process of treatment.

“We are speaking to Carl regularly, and sending him our very best wishes as he comes to terms with this news and starts his recovery.”

Carl and his family would request that their privacy be respected at this time, and any updates on his progress will be provided through the club.

Anyone wishing to send messages of support can do so to [email protected] and we will pass them on to Carl at the appropriate time.


  1. David

    July 6, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Good Lord, this guys career just started, ain’t no way this is the beginning of the end. No, no, no…

    GOD knows he’s going to be a positive statistics! GOD knows he WILL beat the shit out of that cancer! GOD knows he will survive this! Amen!

  2. Anon

    July 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Poor dude. He’s in good hands and I hope he pulls through.

  3. nene+

    July 7, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Fear not! God is still the healer!

  4. Ijebujesha

    July 7, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I dont get it. He isn’t sick nah. They just did tests and saw something. And then chemo when he isnt feeling sick. Someone explain to me please.

    • o

      July 7, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      The “something” is Leukaemia. They can’t afford to wait till he is feeling sick. Time is of the essence when it comes to cancer treatment.

      I pray the lord will heal him and all the treatments will be successful in Jesus name. Amen

  5. Ifeyinwa

    July 7, 2017 at 1:25 am

    @ijebujesha Google is your friend.

  6. Moniker

    July 7, 2017 at 8:27 am

    This is sad both on a personal and a collective level. He’s gonna be fine, God willing

  7. zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 7, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Too bad, be healed in Jesus Name

  8. Mahka

    July 7, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Gosh, no…tons of prayer to you Carl n his Fam; fight this n come out strong.

  9. Stuz

    July 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I pray that God heals him in his mercy…..Amen

  10. Moyo

    July 7, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, he is in my prayers, I pray he survives it

  11. Bee

    July 7, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Carl wherever u are I pray 4 d mercy and healing of God almighty upon ur life..u are healed in Jesus name Amen…

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