Ipswich coach Gary Ablett has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.
The 44-year-old former Liverpool and Everton defender was taken ill last week and has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Ablett was in charge of Stockport as they were relegated to npower League Two last season but recently took up a coaching role at Ipswich under Roy Keane and is currently in hospital in Suffolk.
An Everton statement on their official website said: "Gary has always been a popular figure at Goodison, where he has forged a host of friendships through his time here as a player and a coach.
"An FA Cup winner as part of Joe Royle's famous Everton side in 1995, he returned to Goodison in 2002 as a senior coach within the Blues' Academy. He departed Goodison in 2006 to take up a position as reserve team boss for Liverpool but has maintained strong friendships on the blue half of the city. Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this time."
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