FORMER Sunderland and Boro striker Charlie Wyke collapsed whilst training with Wigan Athletic earlier in the week and has been ruled out for the immediate future.

The 28-year-old forward was training with the squad as part of their preparation for their midweek clash against Cambridge United and fell ill.

After receiving treatment from the club’s medical staff, Wyke was rushed to hospital. He is now in a stable condition and will remain in hospital where he will be monitored.

Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Mal Brannigan said: “First and foremost, the absolute priority for everyone associated with Wigan Athletic is Charlie’s health and wellbeing and providing support to him and his family.

“As a Club, we would like to place on record our sincere appreciation to all of the staff within the NHS who, within what we know are challenging times, were excellent in their response and subsequent care for Charlie, working together with our medical team.

“Clearly this news will cause alarm, though we would politely request that the privacy of Charlie and his family is respected. At the appropriate time, we will look to provide further updates to our supporters.”

Wyke left the Stadium of Light to join the Latics in the summer following the expiration of his contract.

He made 114 appearances for the club in total and scored 42 goals during his three year spell.