David Brooks thanked Football Association of Wales medical staff for detecting his early stage two Hodgkin lymphoma, with the Bournemouth midfielder hoping he can make a full recovery after starting treatment next week .
The former Manchester City academy player, who joined Bournemouth from Sheffield United in 2018 for £ 11.5million, has withdrawn from the Wales squad which has won two wins in Qualifying for the World Cup last week due to illness, having last played for his club on September 29. Brooks said on social media on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with cancer, which primarily affects adults in their early 20s and over 70s.
“It’s a very difficult message for me to write,” he said. “I have been diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin lymphoma and will start treatment next week. Although it was a shock to me and my family, the prognosis is positive and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and resume gambling as soon as possible.
Brooks added, “I would like to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who cared for me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this time. I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the prompt attention of their medical team we may not have detected the disease. I would also like to thank AFC Bournemouth for all their support and help last week.
Hodgkin lymphoma develops in the lymphatic system, part of the immune system, and usually involves between two and four cycles of chemotherapy. Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said Brooks would not be rushed.
“Everyone at AFC Bournemouth will do everything possible to help David and his family during his recovery,” he said. “We do not impose any deadline for his return; we will give David all the time he needs to recover and do all we can to help him. I know everyone will be eager to show their love and support for David, which will help him immensely during his recovery, but we also urge you all to respect his privacy and that of his family.
Brooks, a childhood fan of Manchester United, joined City at the age of seven before being released as a teenager and signing for Sheffield United. He has represented England at youth level but has 21 caps in Wales and was part of Robert Page’s squad for Euro 2020.