David Brooks, 24, of Bournemouth, has been diagnosed with cancer and hopes to’make a full recovery and return to playing’.

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BOURNEMOUTH midfielder David Brooks, 24, has been diagnosed with cancer, the club have confirmed.

The Wales star underwent tests after complaining of fatigue while training on international duty earlier on Tuesday.

Brooks, who joined the Cherries in 2018 for a fee of £11.5million, was further examined on Wednesday when it was confirmed he has Stage II Hodgkin lymphoma.

The Cherries confirmed Brooks will undergo treatment next week after an ‘initial positive prognosis’.

The 24-year-old released a statement via club website in which he thanked fans for their support and vowed to return to football.

He said: “This is a very difficult message for me to write.

“I have been diagnosed with Stage II 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.”

Social media was flooded with messages from fans and players wishing Brooks well on his road to recovery.

John Hartson – who was himself diagnosed with cancer in July 2009 – tweeted: “Wishing David Brooks the very best.. his family and closest friends will give David all the support he needs.. stay strong and positive young Brooksy.”

Former England striker Darren Bent wrote: “David Brooks , praying for you Boss, stay strong.”

And former Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham added: “Along with all the football family just wanted to wish David Brooks all the best in his recovery.”

Brooks has made nine appearances for the Cherries in the Championship so far this season.

Born in Warrington to a Welsh mother, he has won 21 Wales caps since his international debut back in November… Brinkwire Brief News.

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