Former Ireland star Liam Miller 'is determined to win in cancer fight'
FORMER Ireland and Manchester United player Liam Miller has "a big fight on his hands" but is determined to beat cancer, a former team-mate has said.
John Hartson, who played with the Corkman at Celtic, said he had spoken to Miller yesterday.
Miller (36) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month and is understood to have returned from the US, where he had been playing football, to receive treatment for the condition in Ireland.
He is one of more than 500 people to be diagnosed with this particular cancer in the country each year.
Posting support online, Hartson said he sends his prayers to his former colleague.
"Just off the phone to Liam Miller," Hartson said.
"He has a big fight on his hands and is determined and battling hard through this horrible period of his life.
"We send him our prayers, strength and hope that Liam can get back to a normal way of life," he added.
Hartson himself is a cancer survivor. In 2009, the footballer was diagnosed with testicular cancer and told that it had spread to his lungs and brain.
However, he has since overcome the disease.
Miller shot to prominence under Martin O'Neill at Celtic before joining Manchester United as a 23-year-old in 2004.
Miller made nine appearances for the Red Devils in two seasons before going on to represent Leeds, Sunderland, QPR, Hibernian, Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar.
"I gave him his debut and he played wonderfully well in a Champions League game one evening," O'Neill said last month. "He was absolutely outstanding.
"The news, we heard about it just recently, we didn't know how bad it was.
"All our thoughts go out to him," the Ireland manager added.
"A very young man, 36 years of age, it puts things in perspective anyway."
Both Manchester United and Celtic also passed on their best wishes to their former player when the devastating news became apparent.
Posting on their Twitter account last month, United said: "The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United go out to Liam Miller and his loved ones at this difficult time."