Bournemouth Player Cleared to Play After Recovering From Cancer

AFC Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks celebrates after scoring a goal during a past match.
AFC Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks celebrates after scoring a goal during a past match.

AFC Bournemouth and Wales national team midfielder David Brooks is cancer-free and cleared to resume playing professional football.

The professional footballer shared the good news in a public statement on Tuesday, May 3. 

The 24-year-old was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021. The cancerous condition affects both the lymphatic and immune systems. 

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Brooks last issued a statement on the progress of his treatment on January 7, 2022, where he remarked that his treatment was remarkably good.

“Last week I met with my specialist having reviewed my final test results, I am delighted to say the treatment was successful and I can now say I have been given all the clear and am now cancer-free” he excitedly announced.

On his diagnosis, he began cancer treatment immediately with the help of  AFC Bournemouth, the players, and a dedicated medical team.

Brooks has been undergoing chemotherapy and a series of cancer treatments in the last six months that he said had been really difficult for him.

In a gratuitous tone, Brooks thanked his fans for the encouraging messages they sent him while in hospital - revealing they helped him navigate a hard time in his life.

The number 7 looks forward to regaining full fitness while cheering his teammates at the Vitality Stadium as they enter the determining fixture of the season. AFC Bournemouth has had a successful season.

Meanwhile, David will be working on regaining his full physical fitness before going back to the football pitch. 

“I am determined to work my hardest over the months ahead and I can’t wait to be back out there and playing in front of you on the pitch in the not-so-distant future,” the statement concluded.

David Brooks played for both Wales and England at the junior level before making his senior debut for Wales in 2017

Former Barcelona defender, Éric Abidal was also diagnosed with cancer of the liver in 2011 and recovered in 2013  after a successful transplant.