Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma

Bournemouth player David Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma, his club confirmed on Wednesday. 

The 24-year-old Wales international left international duty last week and after medical examination, it has been confirmed that he has Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma, an uncommon form of cancer.  

Brooks, who has registered 21 caps for his country since his debut in 2017, will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive prognosis. 

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Bournemouth player David Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma

The 24-year-old Wales international, capped 21 times, left international duty last week

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He said in a message on the club’s website: ‘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.

‘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 their support and assistance this past week.

The Bournemouth winger will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive prognosis

‘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 has made 91 appearances for the Cherries, scoring 18 goals, since moving from Sheffield United in 2018 for £11.5m.  

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