Bournemouth star David Brooks diagnosed with cancer and will begin chemotherapy

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Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma, the club confirmed on Wednesday afternoon

Brooks recently pulled out of the Welsh squad due to illness ahead of their World Cup qualifiers, and he has now confirmed that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 24-year-old midfielder also confirmed in a statement that he will he will begin his chemotherapy treatment next week.

Brooks has issued a statement: "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.

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"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 has made nine appearances for the Cherries so far this season.

The 24-year-old moved to the south coast in 2018, after leaving Sheffield United where he spent his youth after moving on from the Manchester City academy.

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