Friends rally around Liam Miller as footballer faces cancer battle

Former Manchester United star Liam Miller, 36, 'battling cancer and has been undergoing treatment in the US'

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has paid tribute to former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller who is suffering from cancer.

Reports emerged on Sunday night that the 36-year-old was battling pancreatic cancer and is now receiving chemotherapy treatment in the United States.

Former Hibs player Tam McManus tweeted that Miller - who played for Celtic, Manchester United and Sunderland - had been in the U.S. for treatment but had returned home to start chemotherapy today. I think he's got three children as well. "It puts things in perspective".

Miller made his professional debut for Celtic having come through the youth ranks at the club.

Miller appeared 21 times for the Republic of Ireland between 2004 and 2009 while he also played with QPR as well as Leeds United on loan.

He said: "Awful news about Liam Miller, keep the fingers crossed that he somehow pulls through".

"The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United go out to Liam Miller and is loved ones at this hard time" a tweet from United read.

The news was revealed by his former Hibs colleague Tam McManus, who also said Miller is due to start chemotherapy.

"I heard about it just recently but didn't know how bad it was".

There was support too from fellow Corkman David Meyler, who said the 21-times-capped Ireland global is in the thoughts of the current squad.

"That's from the whole team and everyone".

Jacob Burns, the former Leeds and Australia midfielder who is now head of football at Perth Glory, tweeted: "In shock!"

Liam Miller won the A-League premiership and championship with Brisbane Roar in 2014.

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