Reading defender Chris Armstrong has been forced to retire from professional football as he battles Multiple Sclerosis.
The former Sheffield United defender was diagnosed with the illness in December 2009 but had continued to play ever since, turning out for the Royals seven times this season.
However, after consulting with the club’s medical staff, Armstrong has decided to call time on his playing days.
“Obviously this has been a very difficult decision,” Armstrong said. “I absolutely love football but this is the right thing for me to do now.
“It’s right for me professionally, medically and also personally.
“With the illness, both the medical team and I didn’t feel I could regularly perform to the level you have to in the professional game.”
In a five-year stint with the Blades, Armstrong made more than 100 appearances for the South Yorkshire club, scoring six goals.
“I’ve been very fortunate to play for Reading and all my other clubs,” he added.