Image: Evening Standard

Image: Evening Standard

Chelsea winger, Willian Borges Da Silva, late Wednesday took to photo sharing platform, Instagram, to announce the demise of his mother after a long battle with cancer.

Willian broke the news a few minutes before midnight with a photo of himself holding his mother closely.

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Last month, Willian shared a photo on Instagram of his mother on a hospital bed. He was seen giving his mum a kiss on the forehead and wrote a long caption for the picture.

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In the caption he disclosed how sad he was that his work had forced him to monitor his mother’s recovery from afar.

He wrote: “It wasn’t what I wanted and if I could I would be 24 hours by your side giving you all the love, affection and strength for you to get out of this, but unfortunately my job does not allow me.”

Willian was very hopeful that his mother would win the long battle against cancer, “with faith in God everything will be fine and come back as it was before, because seeing you smile makes me happy and comforts my heart”.

Quite sadly, five weeks after Willian expressed his optimism for his mother’s recovery, she lost the battle after struggling with it for two-and-a-half years.

Earlier on the same day that Willian’s mother passed away, he represented his home country, Brazil, in their World Cup qualifier against Venezuela and bagged one of the Selecao’s two goals.

Chelsea FC have already condoled with their last season’s player of the year with an Instagram post saying: “We’re all with you @willianborges88″. His teammates, including his childhood friend, David Luiz, are at the time of filing this report yet to publicly condole with him.

It remains uncertain if Willian will be able to play for Chelsea at the weekend when they take on defending Champions, Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in their second meeting of the season.

Chelsea won the first by 4 – 2 at the King Power stadium in an English Football League third round fixture.

Author: Yemi Olarinre