Nigeria and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football after a year-long battle with acute leukaemia, the Premier League club said on Friday, July 27, 2018.

The 32-year-old Nigeria international has been with Wolves for his entire career, making over 200 appearances for the club.

According to Ikeme, his decision to retire comes on medical advice after “a tough year and intense chemotherapy”.

Ikeme told the club website that:

“I spoke with the doctor and he suggested I should retire because of the toll the treatment has taken on my body”.

“He thinks it’s what is best for me and I can’t really risk trying to come back, my health is the priority.

“I want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things with my life in danger, it’s the minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family”.

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