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Support for former Man Utd, Leeds star as cancer battle is revealed

13 November, 2017, 18:07 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Friends rally around Liam Miller as footballer faces cancer battle

Miller, who has been playing in the American third-tier United Soccer League for Wilmington Hammerheads, first made his name in Martin O'Neill's Celtic team in 2004.

The 36-year-old midfielder is said to be undergoing treatment and news of his plight has been greeted with shock by acquaintances within football. "He did wonderfully well in a Champions League game one evening, he was absolutely outstanding".

"I heard about it just recently but didn't know how bad it was".

"He starts chemo tomorrow and is fighting hard really can't go into any more detail than that out of respect for him and family", said McManus.

For Ireland, Miller earned 21 senior caps under Brian Kerr, Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trappatoni.

He also played for the likes of Celtic, Sunderland, Leeds and QPR before a spell in Australia that saw him represent Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City over a three-year period. He also played at worldwide level from U19 up, earning 20 senior caps with the Republic of Ireland between 2004 and 2009.

Speaking at his press conference this morning ahead of the second leg of Ireland's World Cup play-off against Denmark, O'Neill offered his support to the former midfielder.

Fellow former United player Danny Higginbotham said: "If true very sad news about one of my former teammates Liam Miller".

McManus added that Miller starts chemotherapy on Monday. "Will say a prayer for him tonight".

He tweeted: "Awful news about Liam Miller keep fingers crossed that he somehow pulls through".

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