Airtricity League clubs and players have expressed their support for Drogheda United's Gary O’Neill following the revelation that the striker has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

O’Neill will have surgery within days and is likely to have further treatment in the coming weeks and and month.

Players from St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers will wear T-shirts with messages of support to O’Neill prior to tonight’s FAI Cup meeting in Richmond Park.

It is believed a similar gesture is planned for the meeting of Sligo Rovers and Derry City on Sunday in The Showgrounds. 

A number of players also tweeted their best wishes to O’Neill.

Former Shamrock Rovers striker Gary Twigg said: “In shock, thoughts and prayers with Gary O’Neill and his family tonight, we are all behind you pal.”

Sligo Rovers’ Danny North added: “Thinking of Gary O'Neill and his family and friends at this tough time for him. No doubt he will come back stronger.”

O’Neill’s Drogheda team-mate Declan O’Brien offered his best wishes: “We're all right behind our pal Naylor in this battle with cancer. Great bloke and great pro. Get well soon buddy."