David Brooks: Bournemouth boss Scott Parker on midfielder's cancer diagnosis

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Following his June appointment as Bournemouth head coaches, Scott Parker began working with David Brooks (right).

Scott Parker, the head coach of Bournemouth, is certain that David Brooks, the Bournemouth midfielder, will "come out on top" after being diagnosed with cancer.

Wales international Brooks, 24 confirmed Wednesday that he will start treatment for Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma.

Parker said that Parker is a loved and respected member of the squad.

"The players will do all they can to ensure he and his family are supported throughout this."

Brooks, a former Sheffield United player, has scored three goals in nine appearances this season for the Cherries. He was also on international duty at the time the illness was first discovered by the Wales medical team.

Parker, whose father died from cancer 10 years back, said that the club has rallied around Brooks over recent days.

He stated, "The main focus is now on supporting him and his family and getting through what will be difficult times."

"We will put the mechanisms in place that will give him strength and help him pull through, but it will be hard.

"He is on the road to recovery right now, he will come back from this, and he's going be fighting and being the best David Brooks that we all love and know."

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

David Brooks began the season scoring twice for Bournemouth during a 5-0 EFL Cup win against MK Dons

After his June appointment as Bournemouth head coaches, Parker began to work with Brooks and has been in touch with his team since.

He said, "The conversations that I have had with the players so far are ones where we support him through all of it."

"We are all determined to get him back doing what he loves. For the past week, my main focus has been to make sure he's in the best place and seeing the best people.

"That's not me, it's everybody at the football club."

Cherries fans plan to give seven minutes of applause for the midfielder (whose squad number is seven) during Saturday's Championship match at Bristol City.

After learning about Brooks' diagnosis, Mark Travers, Bournemouth goalkeeper, said that the entire team is behind Brooks.

He said that he was shocked and upset by the news. He is a huge part of the club and an incredible talent.

"The most important thing is that he is healthy and fit. We need to be strong for him and continue getting results."

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