Nigeria name Carl Ikeme as 24th player after leukaemia diagnosis
The unregistered 24th player for Nigeria at the World Cup as Gernot Rohr gives a nod to the goalkeeper and his battle against acute leukaemia.
“Carl Ikeme will be our 24th player to the World Cup,” Gernot Rohr said before Nigera play England at Wembley. The German manager previously said Ikeme's absence "is my biggest regret" heading into the World Cup but with news of Ikeme's inclusion means he will be there in spirit to spur on his teammates.
Dalyrymple went on to say, "At the same time, we all know what a fighter and a competitor Carl is, and I have no doubt that he will take all of those attributes into this battle.
“Similarly, its goes without saying that Carl and his family will receive the full love and support that we at Wolves can provide – we are all with him every single step of the way towards a full recovery."
Nigeria play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in what is one of the most difficult groups in the World Cup. They drew with DR Congo on Monday night with an experimental side ahead of the clash with England as another chance to experiment before they go to Russia.