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Wigan Athletic dedicate match against Fleetwood Town to Juan Carlos Garcia

17 September 2015

Wigan Athletic are dedicating their Sky Bet League 1 match against Fleetwood Town on Saturday 19th September to defender Juan Carlos Garcia, who is undergoing treatment for Leukaemia.

Latics fans are being asked to submit their messages of support for Garcia with a selection to be published on wiganlatics.co.uk and displayed on LED boards at the DW Stadium on matchday.

Send in your messages for Juan Carlos Garcia as we dedicate our game against @ftfc in support of him. #FuerzaJCGarciapic.twitter.com/x2VN5wmrK9

— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) September 14, 2015
Supporters are also being encouraged to take part in a minute's applause during the 23rd minute of the match, reflecting Garcia's squad number 23, while the team's players will warm-up in Leukaemia Care T-shirts.

“Juan Carlos is still a member of our team and we feel it’s a fitting gesture for us as a club, players, staff and supporters to send out a message of support to him,” Wigan manager Gary Caldwell said.

Read more on wiganathletic.com/fuerzajcgarcia: Fleetwood match dedicated to Juan Carlos

“He is being treated for a very serious, potentially life-threatening condition, he is doing well but is still receiving daily care.

“He is thousands of miles away from home and we have to remember the human being in all this. If we can help him a little bit by reminding him that everyone connected with Wigan Athletic sends their best wishes, then hopefully that will help give him a boost.”

Juan Carlos Garcia added: “Thank you to all the Latics fans. It is very moving for me to know the fans are doing this for me. I hope to see you soon.”

Fantastic to see @LaticsOfficial supporting @LeukaemiaCAREuk Can't wait to present a cheque at HT from our game #wafcpic.twitter.com/lB60sqjwzA

— FuerzaJCGarcia (@FuerzaJCGarcia) September 14, 2015
A number of Garcia's former team-mates have already sent their messages of support...

@LaticsOfficial#forzagarcia#fightingspirit #23

— James McClean (@JamesMcC14) September 16, 2015

Keep strong and keep fighting. We are all with you. Mucha fuerza amigo #fuerzajcgarcia@LaticsOfficial

— Ivan Ramis (@ramis496) September 16, 2015

Thoughts are with my ex team mate Juan Carlos battling Leukaemia. Saturday's game at the DW will be a tribute to his bravery.Keep fighting❤️

— Robbie Kiernan (@KiernanRobbie) September 16, 2015

Keep strong and keep fighting mate. Everyone is thinking of you. Saturday's game at the DW will be a tribute to his bravery #fuerzajcgarcia

— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) September 17, 2015

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