Cardiff star Bamba confirms he is cancer-free after non-Hodgkin lymphoma battle

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba paid tribute to the NHS and his family as he shared the brilliant news that he is cancer-free.

The Bluebirds confirmed Bamba was undergoing chemotherapy in January after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The 36-year-old made his return to action in Cardiff's final game of the Championship season – a 1-1 draw with Rotherham – and declared he is cancer-free on Thursday.

"Just a quick message to inform you that I'm now cancer free! It is of course an incredibly heartwarming news for my family and I, we are over the moon right now," wrote the former Ivory Coast international on Twitter.

"I really want to thank each and everyone that has been supporting me, whether it's been with a comment, a message, a like or whatever, that definitely gave me extra strength to go through this.

"Above all, I want to thank the family at the NHS who took such good care of me, I will always be grateful for your job.

"Thank you to all my family, my friends and of course the club and everyone one in the football industry that has helped me facing this challenge. I wish you all a blessed day and hopefully will see you soon again on the pitch."

Bamba – who came through the academy ranks at Paris Saint-Germain – returned to training in April and Cardiff are exploring the possibility of extending his contract, which is due to expire this summer.

"He has been a big part of the club and everybody loves him," said Bluebirds boss Mick McCarthy after Bamba made his return against Rotherham.

Bamba also had spells with Leicester City and Leeds United in the Championship, while he has also played in Scotland, Turkey and Italy.

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