Highly-rated Norwich City goalkeeper Dan Barden, 20, reveals he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer – and the ‘shocked’ Premier League star will step away from football for treatment 

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  • Dan Barden says the support of friends and family has helped him over the past few weeks
  • He also thanked the medical departments of both Norwich and Livingston.
  • Barden said he was confident he would beat testicular cancer and play football again
  • Medical staff caught cancer early and prognosis is positive

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Norwich goalkeeper Dan Barden has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The 20-year-old is currently on-loan at Cinch Premiership side Livingston but will be taking a break from football. Bournemouth star David Brooks announced he has stage two Hodgkin lymphoma, within a week his diagnosis is second only to rock football.

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“It has been a very difficult and challenging period, but the support of my family, friends and colleagues has helped me over the past few weeks,” Barden told Norwich’s official club website.

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They will be closely monitored on the treatment program after undergoing follow-up tests after initial diagnosis.

“I cannot thank everyone at the medical departments in both Norwich and Livingston as well as at the Royal Marsden Hospital,” the goalkeeper said.

The speed with which everything has progressed is crazy, but everyone with me has been absolutely fantastic. Daniel Farke and Livingston’s manager David Martindale have both been very supportive.

Norwich goalkeeper Dan Barden has been diagnosed with testicular cancer

Barden (left) is on loan with Livingston from Premier League side

Barden (left) is on loan with Livingston from Premier League side

‘The early diagnosis was a real shock to me, but the positive thing is that we caught it early and the prognosis and next steps have all been positive.

‘I am optimistic and have a positive outlook. I believe that I will be able to beat it and I will be back soon doing what I love.

‘I want to thank everyone around me for their support. I know the times ahead will be challenging and I will demand privacy for me and my family at this stage. As far as possible, I will do my best to update about my progress.’

Canaries sporting director Stuart Webber said: ‘Everyone at Norwich City wishes Dan a speedy recovery. Our love and thoughts are with him and his family as he embarks on this latest challenge in his life.

Barden is on loan from Norwich at Livingston and has thanked both clubs for their support

Barden is on loan from Norwich at Livingston and has thanked both clubs for their support

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber wished Barden on behalf of the club

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber wished Barden on behalf of the club

‘Dan is part of our family and we see for ourselves. He knows that we are with him every step of the way.

‘The care and attention Dan has given so far has been top class. We thank everyone who has sought him out and we are grateful to Livingston for acting on Dan’s symptoms and alerting us.

‘We can’t wait to welcome Dan back to Carrow Road and Lotus Training Center.’

It has been a shocking week for football, with 24-year-old Wales international Brooks also revealing his diagnosis.

It was confirmed that he had Stage II Hodgkin lymphoma, an uncommon form of cancer.

Bournemouth player David Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin lymphoma

Bournemouth player David Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin lymphoma

Brooks, who has recorded 21 caps for his country since his debut in 2017, will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive forecast.

“This is a very difficult message for me to write,” he said in a message on the club’s website.

‘I have been diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin lymphoma and will start the course of treatment next week.

‘While it has come as a shock to me and my family, the prognosis is positive and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and will be back in play as soon as possible.

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