David Brooks: Wales and Bournemouth midfielder diagnosed with cancer

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David Brooks, a Wales midfielder, joined Bournemouth for 11.5m from Sheffield United in July 2018.

David Brooks, a midfielder for Bournemouth and Wales, has announced that he has been diagnosed as having cancer.

He said that he had Stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma, but that the prognosis was good and that he will begin treatment next week.

Brooks, who has 21 Wales caps, was in international duty last week. He credits the Wales medical team with helping to detect the illness.

Brooks stated, "This is a very hard message for me to send."

"I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma. I will start treatment next week.

"While this is shocking for me and my family, I know that the prognosis looks good and I'm confident that I will be able to make a full recovery. I look forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible."

Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer of the lymphatic system that is an important part the immune system, is also known as lymphatic lymphoma.

Brooks stated, "I would like to express my gratitude to the doctors and nurses, consultants, and staff who have been treating and caring for me during this time," Brooks added.

"I would like to thank the Football Association of Wales for their prompt attention. Without them, we might not have caught the illness.

"I would also like to thank AFC Bournemouth, for all their support and assistance over the past week."

Brooks played nine times this season for Championship side Bournemouth, scoring three goals. However, his football career is now on hold while he undergoes treatment.

Brooks said, "Although it is understandable that there will be media interest and attention, I would like my privacy to be respected in the coming months. I will share updates about my progress when I'm able to do so."

"In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for their support. It means so much to me and will continue to do so in months to come.

"I look forward seeing you all again, and playing the sport that I love very soon."

Brooks has been supported by both Wales and Bournemouth during his treatment.

Brooks made three appearances at Euro 2020 for Wales. He last played in the Cherries' goalless draw with Peterborough on 29/09/1997, where he was dismissed after 69 minutes.

Wales announced that on 6 October, he was ill and had pulled out of their most recent squad.