Jimmy Abdou uses his son as inspiration ahead of Millwall's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan

Jimmy Abdou: Finds strength in his son's fight against leukaemia

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Jimmy Abdou will be using his son as inspiration on Saturday as Millwall seek to pull off an FA Cup semi-final win against Wigan.

The Lions midfielder has had to make regular trips back to France this season to spend time with his four-year-old son, Llyas, who has leukaemia.

And the 28-year-old claims he will be using his son as motivation for the Wembley semi-final.

"He's had leukaemia for about nine months and is having treatment, he's doing well and hopefully he's going to get well again," Abdou said.

"My strength is my son. When I see he is doing well I follow him, and hopefully we are going to get through it.

"He will be watching the game on Saturday so he'll be happy to see dad on the TV hopefully.

"The club and the manager have been brilliant, I can go back any time I need to.

"It's difficult, but when I'm here to do my job I give 100 per cent. You have problems in your life and you have to deal with them.

"When you play football for 90 minutes you have to switch off but when I finish the game the first thing I do is call home to see what's happening.

"When I go home and see him smiling and happy that's the main thing."