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Ex-Premier League striker dies aged 45

Tributes have been paid to former Coventry and Wolves striker Cedric Roussel who has died at the age of 45.

The ex-Belgium international joined the Sky Blues from Gent in 1999 and played alongside Robbie Keane in the Premier League.

After injury problems, Roussel joined Wolves in 2001, where he spent 18 months before returning to Belgium on loan to hometown club Mons.

Cedric Roussel celebrates scoring for Coventry City, alongside teammate Robbie Keane

Roussel, who was capped three times by his national team, also had spells at Genk, Rubin Kazan in Russia as well as Standard Liege before another move back to Mons later in his career.


Mons hailed Roussel as “our legend and ambassador”, saying they were “devastated” by the news of his death.

In a statement, Coventry City said they were “deeply saddened” by Roussel’s death, adding: “Cedric played 43 games for the Sky Blues from 1999-2001, scoring 11 goals.

“Our condolences are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Wolves said in a statement: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Cedric Roussel. Our former player has passed away aged just 45.”

At their next match, Mons are planning a tribute to Roussel, who is reported to have suffered a cardiac arrest.

The Belgium Football Association also passed on condolences to Roussel’s family and friends.


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