In a shocking development in world of football, young Welsh midfielder David Brooks, who plays club football for Bournemouth, has been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 24. The news has left the whole football fraternity absolutely stunned as fans have been showering love and well-wishes to the youngster for his speedy recovery.
Reflecting on the situation, the footballer penned down an emotional letter on his Twitter account on Wednesday. He started by saying that it is a difficult message for him to write where he revealed that he has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will be beginning his 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," Brooks added.
I will share updates on my progress: David Brooks
The 24-year-old also went on to disclose that it was the medical team at the Football Association of Wales, who detected his illness. He thanked the federation for their help while also expressing his gratitude to his club AFC Bournemouth for all their support and assistance in the last 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," Brooks concluded.
Check out his tweet:
We're not putting any timescales on his return: Neill Blake
Considering the present situation, there is lot of uncertainty around the return of David Brooks on the football field as the focus for footballer is currently to undergo speedy recovery. Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake offered his full support to David and his family in these tough times.
While admitting that they are not putting any timescales on Brooks' return, he said, "We will give David all the time he needs to get well and will do everything that we possibly can to help with that. I know everyone will be keen to show their love and support for David which will help him immensely as he recovers, but we also urge you all to respect his and his family's privacy during this time."