Wolverhampton and Nigeria keeper Carl Ikeme retires after leukemia battle
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme confirmed his retirement from professional football today following a battle with acute leukemia.
"The support has been incredible," the 32-year-old, who has been with Wolves for his whole career, said in a statement on the club's website.
"Every day someone has asked me how I am for a whole year. It's incredible to think people actually care so much that they'll do fundraisers in my name."
"I spoke with the doctor and he suggested I should retire, because of the toll the treatment has taken on my body," he added.
"He thinks it's what is best for me and I can't really risk trying to come back -- my health is the priority."
"When Carl came to tell us his news, yes there was sadness, but also great happiness to see him so healthy and hungry for the opportunities that lay ahead of him."
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