Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The 24-year-old joined Cherry from Sheffield United in 2018 and was part of the Wales team at Euro 2020.
This season Brooks played for Bournemouth nine games in all competitions and due to illness retired from qualifying for the October FIFA World Cup.
Now the player has announced that he has cancer of the lymphatic system and will soon begin treatment.
“It’s a very difficult message for me,” Brooks said in a statement. “I have been diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and will start treatment next week.
“Even though it came as a shock to me and my family, the prognosis is positive and I am confident that I will fully recover and return to play as soon as possible.
“I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, counselors and staff who treated me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period.
“I want to thank everyone at the Wales Football Association because without the prompt attention of their medical team we may not have discovered the disease.
“I would also like to thank AFC Bournemouth for all the support and assistance last week.
“While I am grateful that there will be attention and interest in the media, I would like to ask that my privacy be respected in the coming months and I will share updates about my progress if I can.
“In the meantime, thank you all for the messages of support – that is so much and will continue in the coming months.
“I’m looking forward to meeting you again and playing sports that I really enjoy.”
Bournemouth said on Twitter, “We’re all behind you, Brooks,” and CEO Neil Blake has promised to support the midfielder at every stage.
“Everyone at AFC Bournemouth will do their best to help David and his family during his recovery,” he said.
“We do not set a deadline for his return; we will give David all the time to recover and do our best to help with that.
“I know everyone will strive to show their love and support to David, which will greatly help him when he recovers, but we also encourage everyone to respect the privacy of him and his family at this time.”