Former Black Cat in cancer fight

Liam Miller is understood to be battling cancer and has visited the US for treatment

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.

Tam McManus, formerly of Hibs, revealed on Twitter that the 36-year-old was battling cancer.

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

There has been an outpouring of support following the devastating news, with a number of Miller's friends and former teammates, including Ian Harte, John Hartson and Darren O'Dea, offered their support to the talented midfielder during his cancer battle.

"I gave him his debut at Celtic", O'Neill said at today's press conference.

"We heard about the news recently but we didn't know how bad it was".

"He starts chemo tomorrow and is fighting hard really can't go into any more detail than that out of respect for him and family".

But the football world this morning sent messages of support to the Irishman, who played 36 times for Leeds United scoring once between 2005 and 2006. Later playing in Australia, he then moved to home town club Cork City, before finishing his career in America with semi-professional club, Wilmington Hammerheads.

He also has 21 senior global caps, and one goal, for the Republic of Ireland.

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

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