Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with cancer.
The 24-year old revealed the news on social media on Wednesday afternoon.
Brooks said he has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma, and begins treatment next week.
He's made seven appearances for Bournemouth in the Championship this season, and most recently was an unused substitute in the October 2nd win over Sheffield United.
Brooks said the prognosis is "a positive one", and hopes to make a full recovery and return to action as soon as possible.
He's played 21 games for his country, and was part of the Wales squad that made the last-16 at Euro 2020 in the summer.
David Brooks statement:
This is a very difficult message for me to write.
I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week.
Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.
I'd like to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who have been treating me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period.
I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the swift attention of their medical team we may not have detected the illness.
I'd also like to say thank you to AFC Bournemouth for all of their support and assistance this past week.
Although I appreciate that there will be media attention and interest, I would like to ask that my privacy is respected in the coming months and I will share updates on my progress when I am able to do so.
In the meantime, thank you to everyone for their messages of support - it means so much and will continue to do so in the months ahead.
I look forward to seeing you all again and playing the sport I love very soon.
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