AFC Bournemouth have announced that midfielder, David Brooks has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Brooks withdrew from this month’s Wales squad through illness last week which has now been confirmed as stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma, with the 24 year-old now set to commence treatment next week.
Brooks has written an ‘difficult’ open letter to Bournemouth supporters in which he spoke of the illness coming ‘as a shock’ for not just himself but his family, yet iterated that ‘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.’
Brooks also paid tribute to the NHS staff treating him for showing ‘professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period.’
Having joined up with Wales prior to his illness, Brooks praised the Welsh FA for their swift attention, adding: ‘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.’
Brooks also acknowledged the support and assistance of Bournemouth so far as he requested that his privacy is respected throughout the course of his treatment, whilst confirming that he will share updates on his progress with fans when appropriate to do so.
Bournemouth Chief Executive, Neill Blake meanwhile has iterated that the club will provide Brooks and his family with whatever support is required throughout the coming months.
Neill also iterated that there will be no set timescale for Brooks to return, adding: ““We’re not putting any timescales on his return; we will give David all the time he needs to get well and will do everything that we possibly can to help with that.”
With Brooks having requested privacy, Neill issued the following plea to fans: “I know everyone will be keen to show their love and support for David which will help him immensely as he recovers, but we also urge you all to respect his and his family’s privacy during this time.”
Brooks isn’t the first Championship player to have recently suffered Hodgkin Lymphoma after Sol Bamba last season was diagnosed with the condition whilst at Cardiff City, but made a recovery and now plays for Middlesbrough.