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David Brooks: Bournemouth midfielder diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma


Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer.

The 24-year-old was on international duty with Wales last week but left and had a medical examination.

A statement from Bournemouth read: “It has been confirmed that he has stage two Hodgkin lymphoma.

“As a result of this, David will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive prognosis.”

Brooks said: “I have been diagnosed with stage two 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.

“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 Bournemouth for all 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.”

Brooks began his youth football career with Manchester City but moved to Sheffield United in 2014. He made his senior debut while on loan at Halifax Town before breaking through at Sheffield United in the 2016-17 season.

He then moved to Bournemouth in the summer of 2018 for £11.5 million. Brooks has made 83 appearances for Bournemouth, scoring 16 goals.

(Photo: Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)





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