Wigan Athletic player Garcia battling leukaemia

Juan Carlos Garcia in action against Manchester City
Juan Carlos Garcia in action against Manchester City

WIGAN Athletic player Juan Carlos Garcia is battling leukaemia.

He is currently receiving cancer treatment at the Christie hospital in Manchester, it was confirmed today (Tuesday).

The club had previously confirmed the Honduran has a blood disorder but, by last Thursday, said a “full diagnosis” had not been made.

Garcia, who last year represented his country at the World Cup, has made just one appearance for Wigan in the League Cup in 2013 against Manchester City.

Manager Malky Mackay said: “The club doctor, Doctor (Ansar) Zaman, has been truly sensational as far as the care and attention with the whole dealing of the matter as far as Juan Carlos feeling ill and having problems - from that point to the point where we got him to a specialist quickly and got the diagnosis done.

“(Chief executive) Jonathan Jackson, myself and the doctor have had various chats on it. We’ve flown his mother, his wife and his sister over form Honduras to be with him and arranged accommodation close to the hospital as well.

“It’s something that is obviously a real blow for Juan Carlos’ family and everybody connected with the football club. We’re going to make sure that he gets the best care possible.

“I went in to see Juan Carlos and he was incredibly upbeat and his spirits were strong. He’s going to fight this and make sure he gets through this for the sake of his wife and kids. Everybody at the club is wishing him all the best as I’m sure that all our fans are.”