Former Irish worldwide Liam Miller is battling cancer

Friends rally around Liam Miller as footballer faces cancer battle

"Was in the US for treatment this month and flys back tomorrow to start chemo here", BBC pundit Tam McManus tweeted on Sunday night.

The Cork native, now 36, is reportedly flying back to Ireland on Monday, where he will begin chemotherapy after undergoing initial treatment in the US.

Fellow former United player Danny Higginbotham said: "If true very sad news about one of my former teammates Liam Miller".

He was signed by Alex Ferguson at United in 2004, and went on to play for Leeds, Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and Hibernian. All thoughts go out to him and his family, I think he has three children as well.

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 overseas again, joining the Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina.

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Ex-Celtic defender Darren O'Dea, now with Dundee, said: 'All my thoughts and love with Liam Miller and his family'.

Former Hibs colleague Tam McManus wrote: 'Awful news about Liam Miller keep the fingers crossed that he somehow pulls through. "Hope he can get through this hard time of his life".

Miller won 21 caps for the Republic between 2004 and 2009, and current Ireland worldwide David Meyler said the squad are thinking about their compatriot.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side's World Cup playoff against Denmark, O'Neill expressed his shock.

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