Martin O'Neill leads tributes to Liam Miller following cancer diagnosis

Martin O'Neill leads tributes to Liam Miller following cancer diagnosis

Martin O'Neill leads tributes to Liam Miller following cancer diagnosis

FORMER Leeds United loanee Liam Miller is battling cancer, according to friends.

News emerged last night that the ex-Ireland midfielder has returned home to Cork to receive treatment for the illness, and several former team-mates of the 36-year-old have since come out to show their support today.

Having established himself as a full worldwide with the Republic of Ireland, he later moved to Manchester United, making over 20 appearances for the club before moving to Sunderland.

"I gave him his debut at Celtic", O'Neill said.

"The news, we heard about it just recently, we didn't know how bad it was". Thoughts go out to him and his family.

"It puts things in perspective anyway".

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But the football world this morning sent messages of support to the Irishman, who played 36 times for Leeds United scoring once between 2005 and 2006. "We are all thinking of him and his family and hope he can pull through and be strong".

Former A-League import Liam Miller has reportedly been diagnosed with cancer.

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".

Ex-Ireland team mate Noel Hunt tweeted: "Such sad news about my old room mate Liam Miller".

The former Welsh global said: "My thoughts are with Liam Miller and his family this morning".

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

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