Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks has revealed he has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Brooks, who has won 21 Wales caps, was on international duty last week and credits the Wales medical team for helping detect the illness.
Brooks said: “This is a very difficult message for me to write.
“I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week.
“Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.
“I’d like to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who have been treating me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period.Embed from Getty Images
“I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the swift attention of their medical team we may not have detected the illness.
“I’d also like to say thank you to AFC Bournemouth for all of their support and assistance this past week.
“Although I appreciate that there will be media attention and interest, I would like to ask that my privacy is respected in the coming months and I will share updates on my progress when I am able to do so.
“In the meantime, thank you to everyone for their messages of support – it means so much and will continue to do so in the months ahead.
“I look forward to seeing you all again and playing the sport I love very soon.”Embed from Getty Images
Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: “Everyone at AFC Bournemouth will do everything possible to help support David and his family during his recovery.
“We’re not putting any timescales on his return; we will give David all the time he needs to get well and will do everything that we possibly can to help with that.
“I know everyone will be keen to show their love and support for David which will help him immensely as he recovers, but we also urge you all to respect his and his family’s privacy during this time.”
Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system.
The 24-year-old, who made three appearances for Wales at Euro 2020, last played in the Cherries’ goalless draw against Peterborough on 29 September, when he came off after 69 minutes.
There is currently no confirmation on when Brooks may return however it is likely he is out for the foreseeable future. Bournemouth plays Bristol City this weekend, followed by a mid-week fixture against Huddersfield. The Cherries currently sit 1st in the Championship, 3 points ahead of West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City.