Wales and Bornemouth Midfielder David brooks has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, and is expected to start treatment next week, the 24-year-old said in a statement on Wednesday.
Brooks, who has made 21 appearances for Wales, withdrew from his squad last week and thanked his medical team for helping diagnose the disease.
“I have been diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma and will begin treatment next week,” Brooks said in A declaration at the Bournemouth site.
“Although it has come as a shock to me and my family, the prognosis is positive and I have no doubts that I will make a full recovery and return to play as soon as possible.
“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.”
Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system.
Bournemouth general manager Neill Blake has said the Championship club will not set a timetable for his return.
“We will give David all the time he needs to recover and do all we can to help him,” he added.