Bournemouth’s David Brooks makes his first appearance since being diagnosed with cancer in 2021
David Brooks made his comeback for Bournemouth after being out of action since September 2021.
Brooks beat Hodgkin lymphoma to get back to football
He had been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021. However, he was declared cancer-free in May of the following year.
Brooks gradually worked his way back into the squad. The Welsh international was named on the bench for Bournemouth’s 1-0 victory against Liverpool last week.
Brooks was subbed on in the 3-0 loss to Aston Villa for his first game back. However, Bournemouth’s hopes of avoiding relegation were damaged by the loss despite good performances and results against Arsenal and Liverpool. Gary O’Neil, the head coach of Bournemouth, was pleased with Brooks’ performance in the 11 minutes he played and believes the 25-year-old will be ready to go after the international break.
“I’m delighted for Brooksy. I’m disappointed he came back in a game we didn’t get anything from, but the bigger picture is it’s fantastic for him,” O’Neil told BBC Sport.
“He’ll be ready to go again after the international break.”
Bournemouth, who are 19th in the Premier League, host Fulham in their next game on April 1.