Michael Appleton diagnosed with testicular cancer as Lincoln boss pens letter

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Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton has revealed in an open letter that he will have a tumour removed this week after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The Manchester United academy graduate as a player moved into coaching at the age of just 27 back in 2003 following injury, and has found success in the Football League.

The former Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn and Leicester caretaker boss is currently with Lincoln in League One, missing out on promotion in the playoff final last season.

While he goes into the new campaign with high hopes, he has announced that he will be forced to take some time away from hands-on measures after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and being booked in for surgery.

Appleton said: "Although things are going well on and off the pitch at the club, I do have some news to share with you which means you'll see and hear a bit less from me over the next couple of weeks.

“A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and will have the tumour removed this week. There are some quite scary words in that sentence, but this is quite a routine operation and the indications are that I should be back up and on my feet in no time.

“I do need to take a bit of a break, though, and after the surgery will be taking a couple of weeks to recover. This means I won’t be in the dugout for some of our pre-season games, but will be liaising closely with the coaching team as we continue preparations for the campaign.

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“I will remain in close contact with (Lincoln chief executive) Liam Scully and (head of football) Jez George, and I’m looking forward to a bit of remote working to see what the fuss is all about!

“I’m not the sort of person who goes into much detail about these things, but I wanted to make sure you were all aware so you knew why I have to sit out a few games.

“There’s loads of advice out there about the early signs of cancer and what to look out for – if you have a lump or any other change please do get it checked out by a GP.”

The NHS website reads:

Cancer of the testicle is 1 of the less common cancers, and tends to mostly affect men between 15 and 49 years of age.

Typical symptoms are a painless swelling or lump in 1 of the testicles, or any change in shape or texture of the testicles.

For more information, click here.

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