Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks has revealed he has been diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.
The 24-year-old left the Dragons international camp this week undergoing a medical examination and the Cherries have confirmed that he “will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive prognosis”.
A statement from Brooks was posted on the Championship club’s website.
He said, “This is a very difficult message for me to write.
“I have been diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin lymphoma and will start treatment next week.
“Although it was a shock to me and my family, the prognosis is positive and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and return to play as soon as possible.
“I want to thank the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who cared for me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this time.
“I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the prompt attention of their medical team we may not have detected the disease.
“I would also like to thank AFC Bournemouth for all their support and help last week.
“While I appreciate the media’s attention and interest, I would like to request that my privacy be respected in the coming months and will share updates on my progress when I can.
“In the meantime, thank you all for their messages of support – it means so much and will continue to do so in the months to come.
“I look forward to seeing you all again and playing the sport I love very soon.”
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