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, www.evertonfc.com: "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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