Chelsea and Arsenal have led an outpouring of support on social media for David Brooks following news the Bournemouth midfielder had been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma after returning from international duty. Brooks was prematurely discharged from the Wales squad last week ahead of Wednesday’s revelation that he will be forced to undergo immediate treatment.
The diagnosis was confirmed by Bournemouth via a club statement to mark a shocking and heartbreaking twist in Brooks’ fledgling career.
The 24-year-old joined the Cherries from Sheffield United in 2018, going on to feature heavily in the Premier League before their eventual relegation to the Championship.
Brooks has played nine games for Bournemouth in all competitions this season, chipping in with three goals in the process.
However, he will now be poised to spend an indefinite amount of time on the sidelines as he begins his recovery over the coming weeks and months.
A number of heartfelt tributes were posted on social media in the wake of Wednesday’s announcement, with the official Twitter accounts of Chelsea and Arsenal wishing Brooks all the best in his upcoming battle to get well.
The Blues tweeted: “Sending you all of the best for your recovery David. We’re all behind you.”
Arsenal went on to send their own message of support to Brooks, adding: “Wishing you all the best in your recovery, @DRBrooks15. Everyone at Arsenal is right behind you!”
The likes of Watford, Norwich City and the England national team also tweeted the Welshman to pass on their best wishes.
Meanwhile, his former club Sheffield United wrote: “Get well soon, you’ve got this.”
Plenty of football’s big names also chimed in with their own messages for Brooks, including former Wales and Celtic striker and current BT Sport pundit John Hartson.
“Wishing David Brooks the very best.. his family and closest friends will give David all the support he needs.. stay strong and positive young Brooksy,” he said.
Ex-England and Tottenham forward Darren Bent added: “David Brooks, praying for you boss, stay strong.”
Brooks himself released an emotional statement on Wednesday afternoon in which he declared that he is hoping for a full and relatively speedy recovery.
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“I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week,” he wrote on Twitter.
“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.”