Norwich City have announced that goalkeeper, Daniel Barden has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Barden is currently on loan at Scottish Premiership club – Livingston and has ‘undergone follow up tests’ which has confirmed the diagnosis and ‘will continue with a closely monitored treatment programme over the coming period.’
Norwich confirmed in a statement that Barden ‘will now spend a period of time away from the game’ as he battles his illness.
Barden released a statement in which he praised both Norwich, Livingston, medical experts and his family, friends plus colleagues for their assistance and support.
Speaking about his diagnosis, the 20 year-old said: “It has been a very difficult and challenging period, but the support of my family, friends and colleagues has helped get me through the last few weeks.
“I can’t thank the medical departments at both Norwich and Livingston enough, as well as everyone at the Royal Marsden Hospital. The speed at which everything has moved has been crazy, but everyone has been absolutely brilliant with me.
“Both Daniel Farke and the Livingston manager, David Martindale, have also been very supportive.”
Barden went on to speak about receiving his diagnosis of testicular cancer, adding: “The initial diagnosis was a real shock for me, but the positive thing is that we’ve caught it early and the prognosis and next steps have all been positive.
“I’m optimistic and have a positive mindset. I’m confident that I’ll be able to beat it and that I’ll be back out there doing what I love soon.”
Barden has formally requested that fans respect “privacy for me and my family at this stage” as he prepares for a “challenging” period of treatment, although he has vowed to provide updates when appropriate to do so in due course.
Norwich’s Sporting Director, Stuart Webber meanwhile issued a statement wishing Barden “a speedy recovery”, whilst adding that the 20 year-old will always be “part of our family and we look out for our own.”
Webber also praised the medical staff treating Barden for their care so far, commenting: “The care and attention Dan has had so far has been top class. We thank everyone who has looked out for him and we are grateful for Livingston for acting on Dan’s symptoms and alerting us.”
Livingston meanwhile issued a short statement on their website in which the club said: ‘It goes without saying but we give Dan our full love, support and best wishes in his recovery and will assist where we can at every step of the way.’