Sheedy diagnosed with bowel cancer

 

Soccer:Former Republic of Ireland international and current Everton Academy coach Kevin Sheedy has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Sheedy, who was an integral part of the all-conquering Everton team of the mid 1980s, will undergo surgery later this week. The Blues legend will be away from Finch Farm for a period of time as he recovers from the operation.

He won 46 caps for the republic of Ireland, scoring nine goals, the most famous of which was his strike in a 1-1 draw against England at Italian 90. The 52 year old played 369 times for Everton, scoring 97 goals, and he is in good spirits as he faces up to his toughest opponent yet.

“It’s not ideal but I have to remain positive,” he said. “There is a history in the family.” Sheedy also urged anyone with any concerns for their own health to act quickly.

“It’s so important that people don’t ignore the early signs and symptoms and don’t be afraid to consult a GP,” he said. “After a period of rehabilitation I will return to my coaching role at Everton.”

Everton has established an email address for supporters to send their messages to Kevin: Sheeds@evertonfc.com. All messages will be passed to Kevin.

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