Bournemouth boss Scott Parker has vowed his club will unite in support of midfielder David Brooks, who has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma.
The 24 year old is due to start treatment next week, having pulled out of the most recent Wales squad due to illness.
Parker described the news as ‘devastating’ and said: ‘The main focus for all of us is showing the strength and support he is going to need in the months ahead.
Wales international David Brooks has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma
The Bournemouth winger will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive prognosis
‘We will unite around David and I have no doubt he will be back out there with us doing what he does best and what he loves doing.’
Brooks has become one of the most popular players in the Bournemouth squad since he joined the club in an £11.5million deal from Sheffield United in 2018.
And Parker revealed that while his diagnosis hit Brooks’ team-mates hard, it has also given them the drive to rally around him.
Bournemouth boss Scott Parker vowed his club will unite in support of the winger, Brooks
‘He is a loved member of the team and speaking to his team-mates I can see that,’ added Parker.
‘I’ve been here for 16 weeks and I’ve got to know David but there are boys who have known him for years. There’s real hurt.
‘What’s jumping out at me is a group of people who want to support him and help him through this next stage of his life.’