Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has said that he wants to “thank Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Super Eagles players and football fans” for the support he has received since his leukaemia diagnosis.
The Midlands outfit announced in July 2017 that the 31-year-old had been diagnosed with the disease following routine blood tests during pre-season training, and he is currently undergoing treatment.
Blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia had been working closely with Wolves to raise awareness and vital funds in support of Ikeme, who has made over 200 appearances for the club.
“To say I’m devastated about missing the World Cup is an understatement,” he wrote via his official Twitter handle @Carl_Ikeme.
“But I just want to thank everyone in 🇳🇬 for their prayers, love and messages. I can’t explain how much they mean to me
“I also want to wish my teammates, coaches and NFF luck for the summer coming 🇳🇬❤️.”
Nigeria, who face England in a friendly international this weekend, will take on Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the group stage of the World Cup.