Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill sends support to Liam Miller

14 November, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Nora May
  • Friends rally around Liam Miller as footballer faces cancer battle

He then moved south to Manchester United on a free transfer, making 22 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson in two seasons - which included a spell on loan at Leeds - before joining Sunderland in 2006.

Reports emerged on Sunday night that the 36-year-old was battling pancreatic cancer and is now receiving chemotherapy treatment in the United States.

Ian Harte - who played for Ireland with Miller - said: "Very sad news about one of my old teammates Liam Miller, thinking of him and his family at this very hard time".

Liam Miller, 36, was sent messages of support from former team mates and fans in his battle against the disease.

"I gave him his debut at Celtic", O'Neill said at today's press conference.

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"I heard about it just recently but didn't know how bad it was". We are thinking of him and we hope he can pull through and he's strong anyway.

Miller moved to Australia in 2011 to join Perth Glory, but is now contracted to semi-professional American club Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

Charlie Adam tweeted: "Thoughts are with Liam miller and his family at this tough time.#staystrong".

Fellow Corkman David Meyler, who looks set to captain Ireland in tomorrow night's match, also offered his support to Miller, saying: "Obviously, we heard the news although we are unsure of all the details".

It has been reported that the former Republic of Ireland global is fighting pancreatic cancer, although this is unconfirmed.

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