Everton legend Kevin Sheedy has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The 52-year-old, who is currently a youth coach at the academy at Finch Farm will undergo surgery later this week.
Sheeds was a star in the all conquering trophy winning Everton team of the 80's, making 369 appearances scoring 97 goals.
Sheeds said: "It's not ideal but I have to remain positive. After a period of rehabilitation I will return to my coaching role at Everton.
"There is a history in the family. It's so important that people don't ignore the early signs and symptoms and don't be afraid to consult a GP."
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