Football: Wales and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks diagnosed with cancer

David Brooks withdrew from Wales' squad last week and thanked their medical team for helping diagnose the illness.
David Brooks withdrew from Wales' squad last week and thanked their medical team for helping diagnose the illness.PHOTO: REUTERS

WALES (REUTERS) - Wales and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer, and is set to begin treatment next week, the 24-year-old said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 13).

Brooks, who has made 21 appearances for Wales, withdrew from their squad last week and thanked their medical team for helping diagnose the illness.

"I have been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week," Brooks said in a statement on Bournemouth's website.

"Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I'm confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.

"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."

Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system.

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said that the Championship club would not put a timescale on his return.

"We'll give David all the time he needs to get well and will do everything that we possibly can to help with that," he added.

Brooks signed for Bournemouth from Sheffield United for £11.5 million (S$21.2m) in 2018, and impressed in the Premier League for the Cherries, scoring seven goals in thirty appearances.

He was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award alongside Raheem Sterling of Manchester City and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United, and was linked to a move to one of the bigger clubs in England himself.

But an ankle injury ruled Brooks out of action for most of the following season, as Bournemouth were relegated from England's top division.

Up till his cancer announcement on Wednesday, he has made 39 appearances in the second-tier English Championship, scoring six goals.