Mes­sages of sup­port for Liam

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Repub­lic of Ire­land man­ager Martin O’Neill has sent his sup­port to ex-Sun­der­land star Liam Miller amid re­ports he is bat­tling pan­cre­atic can­cer.

The 36-year-old mid­fielder is said to be un­der­go­ing treat­ment and news of his plight has been greeted with shock by ac­quain­tances within foot­ball.

Speak­ing at his pre­match press con­fer­ence ahead of Ire­land’s World Cup play-off sec­ond-leg clash with Den­mark, the for­mer Black Cats boss said: “I gave Liam his de­but at Celtic.

“He played won­der­fully well in a Cham­pi­ons League game one evening, he was ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing.

“The news – we heard about it just re­cently, we didn’t know how bad it was – and ob­vi­ously all thoughts go out to him and his fam­ily. I think he’s got three chil­dren as well.

“He’s a very young man, 36 years of age. It puts things in per­spec­tive.”

There was sup­port too from an­other ex-Sun­der­land player, fel­low Cork­man David Meyler, who said Miller is in the thoughts of the squad.

Meyler said: “We’ve ob­vi­ously heard the news.

“We’re un­sure of all the de­tails, but our thoughts go to his fam­ily.

“We are think­ing of him and we hope he can pull through and he’s strong any­way.

“That’s from the whole team and every­one.”

Miller was signed by Roy Keane in 2006 and helped the club out of the Cham­pi­onship, mak­ing 60 ap­pear­ances in to­tal be­fore mov­ing to QPR in 2009.

He also played for Manch­ester United, Hiber­nian, Aus­tralian clubs Perth Glory, Bris­bane Roar and Mel­bourne City, home-town club Cork City and, most re­cently, Wilm­ing­ton Ham­mer­heads in Amer­ica.

Liam Miller.

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