'Awful news': David Brooks cancer diagnosis rocks football world

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Pictured here, Wales star David Brooks and teammate Gareth Bale embrace during a game.
Wales and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has revealed that he's been diagnosed with cancer. Pic: Getty

Wales and Bournemouth star David Brooks has made the heartbreaking revelation that he's been diagnosed with cancer.

The midfielder, 24, was on international duty with Wales for their World Cup qualifiers last week when he pulled out of the squad.

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Brooks has since revealed that he has Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma, but insists "the prognosis is a positive one".

Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which functions as an important part of the body's immune system.

Brooks is set to begin treatment for the condition next week.

The midfielder praised the Wales medical staff for detecting the issue, and for the doctors and nurses who have so far been treating him for the condition.

"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," Brooks said.

"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 of their support and assistance this past week."

Seen here, David Brooks trains with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in 2021.
David Brooks takes part in a training session for Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in September, 2021. Pic: Getty

Brooks has scored three goals in nine games for Bournemouth in the Championship this season and made three appearances for Wales at the European Championships earlier in the year.

"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," he added.

"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."

News of the diagnosis has left the football world shocked, with fans wishing Brooks a speedy recovery.

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