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Ipswich Town coach Gary Ablett facing cancer battle

Gary Ablett
Ablett began his playing career at Liverpool in 1983

Ipswich coach Gary Ablett is undergoing hospital treatment having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The former Liverpool, Everton and Birmingham City defender was taken ill last week at Town's training ground.

The 44-year-old managed Stockport County last season, but left the club after their relegation to League Two.

Liverpool said in a statement: "Everyone at the club would like to extend their best wishes to Gary and hopes that he makes a speedy recovery."

An Everton club spokesman added: "Gary has always been a popular figure at Goodison... Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this time."

Ipswich added in a statement: "Everyone at the club is devastated by the sudden onset of such a serious illness.

"Our thoughts are with Gary and his family and we would ask for the family to be given the privacy they require at this time."

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see also
Boss Ablett looks for fresh start
24 Jun 10 |  Football
Ablett departs Stockport County
17 Jun 10 |  Stockport
Liverpool and Ablett part company
28 May 09 |  Liverpool

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