David Brooks is one of the most talented footballers in his native Wales. In the near future, however, the right winger will no longer kick the ball. Brooks has cancer.
Sad news for Bournemouth AFC and their midfielder David Brooks. The 24-year-old is suffering from lymph gland cancer. The club confirmed this on Wednesday afternoon.
The Welshman left the Welsh national team early last week. After a medical examination, it was confirmed that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the second stage. Brooks will have treatment in the coming months.
“While this is a shock to me and my family, the forecast is positive and I am confident that I will recover fully and play again as soon as possible,” said Brooks in a club release. “I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, counselors and the staff who treated me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this time.”
Brooks also thanked Bournemouth AFC and the staff of the Welsh Football Association, without whose quick help the disease might not have been discovered so quickly.
“While I am aware of the media attention and interest, I would like to ask that my privacy be respected for the coming months, and I will report on my progress as soon as I can,” added Brooks.
The 24-year-old has been playing for the current English second division club Bournemouth since summer 2018. For Wales’ national team he has played 21 games so far, scoring two goals.