Wolves retire shirt number in honour of Ikeme

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 10/08/2018

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Wolverhampton Wanderers have retired number one shirt in a show of respect to former Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme ahead of their return to the Premier League.

The 33-year-old Super Eagles stopper was forced to hang up his gloves after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia before the start of last season.

Rui Patricio has arrived at Molineux this summer expected to take number one but Portugal international opted against taking the jersey number in honour of Ikeme, who wore the number during his playing career before retiring this summer following medical advice.

Wolves announced their squad numbers for the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The former Sporting Lisbon representative will instead wear number 11, with John Ruddy and Will Norris taking the number 21 and 31 jerseys respectively.

Wolves begin the new campaign with a home fixture against Everton on Saturday evening.

The goalkeeper started his career in the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ academy where he made over 190 appearances for the club.

He played for Nigeria ten times and was named as their honorary 24th man for the World Cup following his illness.

Ikeme is not expected to return to the pitch, but NFA have offered him a job in their technical crew.