Former Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder Kevin Sheedy has been given the all-clear by doctors after undergoing surgery following his recent diagnosis with bowel cancer.

The 52-year-old revealed his illness last month, but an early diagnosis meant it was operable and Sheedy is now recovering at home.

He told Everton's website, "I would strongly urge anybody who has concerns to go immediately to their GP. 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."

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