Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme retires after leukaemia battle

Date published: Friday 27th July 2018 12:27 - Robert McCarthy

Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced that he has retired from professional football.

The 32-year-old has spent the last 12 months battling acute leukaemia and has made the decision after consulting with medical experts.

Last month Ikeme, who spent his whole career as a Wolves player but made loan appearances for eight other clubs, announced he was in complete remission from the disease.

Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi told the club’s official website: “Having been at the club since the age of 14, Carl is far more than just a player in our eyes – he is our brother and an important part of our family.

“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.

“Carl is strong, a fighter, something he has proven in his playing career and also during what has been a very challenging time for him, so I have no doubt he will be a success in whatever he does next.

“We wish Carl all the very best for the future, but remind him he will always remain a part of the Wolves family.”

 

 

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