Real Betis Balompié defender Miki Roqué has passed away at the age of 23 after succumbing to cancer of the pelvis.
Born in Lerida, Roqué rose through the youth ranks at Liverpool FC before returning to Spain, where he underwent surgery to remove a tumour last year. "The Real Betis player Miquel Roqué Farrero, Miki Roqué, has died today at the Instituto Dexeus de Barcelona hospital at the age of 23," read a statement on Betis's website. "Miki Roque had been battling pelvic cancer since March 2011, a struggle that he fought with fortitude and determination. Real Betis send their deepest condolences to the Roque family."
Signed by compatriot Rafael Benítez from hometown club UE Lleida, Roqué spent four years at Anfield between 2005 and 2009, helping the club win the FA Youth Cup in 2006 and making a substitute appearance against Galatasaray AŞ in the UEFA Champions League in December the same year. He spent spells on loan with Oldham Athletic AFC, Xerez CD and FC Cartagena before signing with Betis three years ago.
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