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David Brooks returns to action for first time since beating cancer for Under-21 Bournemouth

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David Brooks returns to action for the first time since beating cancer as the Welsh midfielder continues his path to recovery by lining up for Bournemouth’s U21 against Brentford

  • David Brooks makes Bournemouth return for under-21 side against Brentford
  • Welshman’s was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021
  • The 25-year-old announced in May that he was cancer-free and on his way to recovery

Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has returned to action for the under-21 club as he continues to recover from cancer.

Brooks, 25, who was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021, revealed in May that he was cancer-free and the club announced on Wednesday that he had been added to their Brentford line-up.

The Cherries said on Twitter: “Another step in the right direction. David Brooks will be performing for our under-21s in Brentford today as he continues his recovery.”

David Brooks made his first appearance since beating cancer for Bournemouth’s under-21s

Wales international Brooks, who has not played since his diagnosis, signed a contract extension last week that will keep him at Bournemouth until 2026.

He has made 39 Premier League appearances for the Cherries, scoring eight goals and playing a total of 90 appearances in all competitions for the club since signing for £11.5 million from Sheffield United in 2018.

Brooks has won 21 caps for Wales and – after signing his contract extension – told the club’s official website: “I am so happy to have signed this deal and look forward to years to come with this great club.

“Of course the past year has been extremely difficult for myself, my family and friends, but I am now in a position to resume my career – and getting this deal done is the icing on the cake.”

Brooks has played 90 times for Bournemouth since joining the club from Sheffield United

Brooks has played 90 times for Bournemouth since joining the club from Sheffield United

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