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Former Irish International Liam Miller Is Fighting Cancer

Former Irish International Liam Miller Is Fighting Cancer

Some incredibly sad news began to emerge last night that former Irish international Liam Miller was gravely ill, fighting cancer.

Pat Malone, the chairman of Eire Og GAA club in Ovens in Cork where Miller is from, spoke to the The Star last night, and confirmed the reports.

The family were all at the parents' home in Ovens over the past couple of days,

It’s very sad. I understand that he is very seriously ill and had been for a number of weeks.

His wife is by his side and I understand they hope to bring him back home here.

The football world has been quick to offer well wishes to the 36 year old.

His former Hibs teammate Tam McManus tweeted that Miller had been receiving treatment in the US, where he last played, but will be returning home today to begin chemotherapy.

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Miller first came to prominence breaking through to Martin O'Neill Celtic team before joining Manchester United on a Bosman in 2004. After a tough few years at Old Trafford, he would eventually join Roy Keane's Irish revolution at Sunderland. Before that, a successful loan spell at Leeds almost brought promotion back to the Premier League for the club.

Later in his career, Miller would spend some years in Australia's A-League, before returning home to play with Cork City in 2015 before heading abroad again, joining the Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina.

For Ireland, Miller earned 21 senior caps under Brian Kerr, Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trappatoni. He scored once, in a friendly win against Sweden in 2006, and what a goal it was.

We wish him nothing but the best in his fight ahead, and hope for a speedy recovery.

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