Sol Bamba sends poignant message after David Brooks of Bournemouth reveals cancer diagnosis


Middlesbrough star Sol Bamba sent a poignant message of best wishes to David Brooks after the Bournemouth midfielder revealed he was diagnosed with cancer.

Brooks revealed on Wednesday he has stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma, but said the prognosis was positive as he prepared to start treatment next week.

Hodgkin lymphoma is the same form of cancer that Bamba successfully fought earlier this year and upon hearing the news, Boro’s advocate was keen to send his greetings to Brooks.

Speaking to Twitter and quoting Brooks’ statement on Twitter, Bamba responded by saying, “You have this champion.” His stylish message was followed by a heart emoji and a praying hands emoji – perfectly reflecting the support of the entire football community in the wake of Bournemouth’s statement.

In the club’s statement released Wednesday afternoon, Brooks said, “This is a very difficult message for me to write. I have been diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin lymphoma and will begin treatment next week.

“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 would like to thank the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who cared for me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this time.

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“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.

“While I appreciate the media’s attention and interest, I would like to request that my privacy be respected in the coming months and will share updates on my progress when I can.

“In the meantime, thank you all for their messages of support – it means so much and will continue to do so in the months to come.

“I look forward to seeing you all again and playing the sport I love very soon.”

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