Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has thanked fans and colleagues for their “incredible” support since he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July.
The Wolves player, 31, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, said in a video message played at played at Molineux before Saturday’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough: “The support you’ve shown me has been incredible.
Wolves fans came out with cards spelling Ikeme’s name before kick-off in support of the goaltender. Wanderers players also wore special T-shirts during their warm-up and the cover of the match programme – designed by ex-Wolves captain Jody Craddock – featured images of the goalkeeper.
Several events raising funds for Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukaemia have been staged since Ikeme’s diagnosis, including a 24-hour penalty shoot-out and a sponsored walk before Saturday’s game.
The season opener also gave Middlesbrough the chance to show their support for Boro Academy player Anthony Renton, who was also diagnosed with leukaemia in July.