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Championship side Cardiff City have announced the heartbreaking news that defender Sol Bamba has been diagnosed with cancer and has started a course of chemotherapy treatment.
Bamba, 35, has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and has already started on his road to recovery.
The club revealed the news with a statement to express their sadness and offer their full support to Bamba, who is still expected to attend matches and train with the youth team.
"We are saddened to inform supporters that Sol Bamba has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma," the club said.
"With the close support of the Club's medical team, Sol has immediately started a course of chemotherapy treatment.
"Universally admired by teammates, staff and supporters in the Welsh capital, Sol has begun his battle in typically positive spirits and will continue to be an integral part of the Bluebirds family.
"During treatment, Sol will support his teammates at matches and our younger players within the Academy, with whom he will continue his coaching development.
"All future updates on Sol’s progress will be provided only via official Club channels. While we request privacy for him and his family at this time, messages of support to be passed on to Sol may be sent to [email protected]
"We are all with you, Sol."
Bamba helped Cardiff win promotion to the Premier League back in 2018, and has made over 100 appearances for the Bluebirds.
The Ivory Coast international began his carer at Paris Saint-Germain, and has played for several clubs including Leicester, Leeds and Palermo.
Bamba has played less frequently in more recent seasons, making just six league appearances last year, while featuring five times in the current campaign.
- Cardiff City FC
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