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David Brooks free from cancer after treatment


Bournemouth’s David Brooks has confirmed he is free from cancer after undergoing a successful treatment plan.


Brooks, 24, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in October, after leaving a Wales national team training camp.


He has not featured for Bournemouth since a goalless draw with Peterborough United on September 29.


The Wales international then gave an update on January 7, announcing that he was halfway through treatment and that progress was “good”.


Brooks’ most recent update, on Tuesday, confirmed that he had completed treatment and was “given the all-clear” and looking forward to continuing his professional career.


“It has been a few months since my last update and in that time I have thankfully completed my cancer treatment,” he said.


“I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the incredible medical staff for their amazing work and support throughout the process.


“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 that I have been given the all-clear and am now cancer-free.


“Those words feel incredible to say and I am so thankful for all of your messages and good wishes, these really helped me through the tough times.


“I am so excited to start the journey back to full fitness and continuing my football career.


“The lads at Bournemouth have had an excellent season so far and I am looking forward to being back at The Vitality to cheer the team on as we head into the most important fixtures of the season.


“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.”


Bournemouth may yet be playing Premier League football next season, with Scott Parker’s second-placed side hosting Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening as they look to secure automatic promotion.


Wales, meanwhile, will play a World Cup qualification play-off on June 5 against either Scotland or Ukraine for a place in this year’s tournament.

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