Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, has announced his retirement from professional football following his battle with cancer.
Ikeme’s retirement was confirmed by his club Wolverhampton Wanderers who made the announcement on their official website on Friday.
The shot stopper returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing last season and further checks proved he had acute leukemia.
“Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has confirmed his retirement from the professional game,” a statement on Wolverhampton’s website reads.
“The 32-year-old announced the news to his teammates before a training session at Compton on Tuesday morning.
“The Wolves Academy product came to the decision after consultation with medical experts following his 12-month battle with acute leukaemia.
“Last month Ikeme announced on Twitter that he was in complete remission from the disease after ‘a tough year and intense chemotherapy’.
“The stopper now intends to take some time off with his young family before embarking on life after football.”
Ikeme made 274 domestic career appearances in all competitions, with over 200 of them coming for Wolves, the club he joined in 2000 as a 14-year-old. He went on to win two promotions, and ten international caps for Nigeria, who honoured him at this summer’s World Cup by naming him as their 24th squad member.