The 75-year-old, who has a long and distinguished career in football management, received the diagnosis last year.
There had been speculation about his health in his native Sweden after he stepped down as sporting director of Karlstad BK around 10 months ago, saying at the time that he needed to reduce his public appearances ‘due to health issues which are under investigation’.
In an interview with Sweden’s P1 radio station on Thursday, Eriksson has now revealed he has cancer: ‘It is not good. Everyone guessed it was cancer and it is, but I have to fight as long as I can.’
Asked what the prognosis is, he continued: ‘Maybe at best a year, at worst a little less, or at best maybe even longer.
‘You can’t be absolutely sure. It is better not to think about it.
‘You can trick your brain, see the positive in things, don’t wallow in adversity. Of course this is the biggest adversity, but make something good out of it.’
Eriksson revealed that he suddenly collapsed while going for a 5km run at the start of last year and, after seeing doctors, was told he had suffered a stroke and also had cancer.
He said: ‘They don’t know how long I had cancer, maybe a month or a year.’
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