- Carl Ikeme's number one jersey has been retired by his club Wolverhampton
- The 32-year-old hung his gloves since he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia
- Wolves fans are happy the club have honoured the Nigerian goalkeeper
Premier League side Wolves have retired their No1 shirt in tribute to cancer-battling legend Carl Ikeme.
The former Nigerian international was forced to hang up his gloves after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July last year.
The decision to retire the shirt was revealed when the Molineux outfit announced their squad numbers for the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Portuguese number one Rui Patricio will wear No11, John Ruddy will be No21 and Will Norris is the club's No31.
Supporters of the club were overjoyed to see that the club had honoured the goalkeeper, with one stating: "Nice touch, retirement of no1 shirt for Kemes."
Another added: "Nice touch of respect to @Carl_Ikeme."
The talented shot-stopper made 274 domestic career appearances in all competitions, with over 200 of them for Wolves.
He played 10 matches for the Super Eagles and was named as the honorary 24th man for the World Cup following his illness.
Ikeme will not return to the pitch, but the Nigeria Footballl Association (NFF) have offered him a job in Gernot Rohr's technical crew.
His condition was spotted during a routine pre-season check-up at Wolves.
Ikeme has confirmed that on his social media that he is now cancer-free after a number of treatments.
In June, he posted: "After a year of intense chemotherapy I would like to share that I am in complete REMISSION.
"I still have hurdles to be pass to be cured, but hopefully I can move on with some normality!"
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that ex-Super Eagles and Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has taken time off after quitting the round leather game to recount how he was diagnosed with acute leukemia over a year ago.
The Nigeria international noted that despite the severity of all he has gone through, he remained positive in the course of getting medical solution to the aliment.
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