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Sheedy given all clear

Former Everton midfielder Kevin Sheedy has been given the all clear following bowel cancer surgery.

• Sheedy diagnosed with cancer

Sheedy, a part of the club's 1985 and 1987 title-winning sides, revealed in August that he was battling cancer.

The 52-year-old, an academy coach at Everton, is recovering following an operation, and subsequent tests have shown that he will not need further treatment.

Sheedy, who lost his mother to bowel cancer two years ago, said his life had been saved by early detection of the disease.

He told Everton's website: "I will need regular checks to monitor my recovery. My symptoms were blood in my stools and a change in my bowel habits because I was always on the toilet.

"My mother died of bowel cancer two years ago and my father is in remission after a successful operation seven years ago."

The former Republic of Ireland international, who also played for Hereford, Liverpool, Newcastle and Blackpool, said that catching the cancer early had been vital to treating it successfully.

"I would strongly urge anybody who has concerns to go immediately to their GP," he added. "My life has been saved through early detection and I am told that over 90% who are diagnosed at the earliest stage are successfully treated.

"Don't be embarrassed to go otherwise you could die of that embarrassment. I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who sent me messages of support, which I got from all over the world.

"It was very touching and really helped me to deal with my situation knowing that so many people were rooting for me."

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