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Bournemouth and Wales player David Brooks diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks is set for treatment after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Bournemouth and Wales midfielder Brooks diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

David Brooks is confident he will make a full recovery and return to playing after the Bournemouth and Wales midfielder was diagnosed with cancer.

Brooks was with the Wales squad last week but left international duty and underwent a medical examination, which found he has stage two Hodgkin lymphoma. The 24-year-old will undergo treatment next week.

Brooks issues statement

He said in a statement: "This is a very difficult message for me to write. 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 AFC 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 joined Bournemouth from Sheffield United in 2018 and enjoyed an impressive first season with the club, scoring seven goals and assisting five in 33 games in all competitions. Injuries limited his progress the following year as the Cherries were relegated, but he impressed again in the Championship, this time with 13 goal involvements across all competitions. This season, he has three goals in nine matches.