Wigan, Honduras defender Juan Carlos Garcia diagnosed with leukemia


Honduran international defender Juan Carlos Garcia has been diagnosed with leukemia, according to his club side Wigan Athletic.

Garcia, 26, is currently receiving hospital treatment in Manchester, England after his manager Malky Mackay described his condition as “a form of leukemia.”

It is believed that Garcia’s wife, mother and sister have flown to England from Honduras as the man who was in Los Catrachos 2014 World Cup squad originally returned to Wigan last week from a loan spell with Spanish outfit Tenerife with the club calling his condition a “blood disorder” before more tests revealed otherwise.

The left back joined Wigan in 2013 but found appearances hard to come by with the Latics as he continued their rich heritage of attracting Honduran players to England.

Mackay revealed that he has visited Garcia in hospital and that his spirits are high, before adding Wigan would get him the best care possible.

“He’s going to fight this and make sure he gets through this for the sake of his wife and kids,” Mackay said. “Everybody at the club is wishing him all the best as I’m sure that all our fans are. It’s something that is obviously a real blow for Juan Carlos’ family and everybody connected with the football club. We’re going to make sure that he gets the best care possible.”