Kevin Sheedy diagnosed with bowel cancer

Everton coach and former Ireland international Kevin Sheedy has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, and is due to undergo surgery later this week
Former Ireland international Kevin Sheedy has been forced to take time out from his day job as Everton academy coach after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

The 52-year-old former midfielder played over 300 league games for Everton from 1982 to 1992, while also winning 46 caps for Ireland. He is best known by Irish fans for his goal at the 1990 World Cup against England, as well as his participation in Euro 88.

According to a statement on Everton's official website, Sheedy is due to undergo surgery this week and will be away from Finch Farm for a period of time as he recovers from the operation. Sheedy is confident he can beat the disease. “It’s not ideal but I have to remain positive,” he said. “There is a history in the family.”

The former Tranmere Rovers caretaker manager also urged fans to act quickly if they have concerns about their health. “It’s so important that people don’t ignore the early signs and symptoms and don’t be afraid to consult a GP,” he said. “After a period of rehabilitation I will return to my coaching role at Everton.”