Norwich City goalkeeper Dan Barden has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The 20-year-old is on loan with Scottish Premier League side Livingston but will now spend some time away from football.
“After the initial diagnosis, Bardeen has since undergone follow-up tests and will continue with a closely monitored treatment program for the upcoming period,” Norwich said.
“It was a very difficult period,” Barden said, “but the support of my family, friends and colleagues has helped me over the past few weeks.
“I cannot thank the medical departments of both Norwich and Livingston enough, as well as all the staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
“The speed with which everything moved was crazy, but everyone was so cool with me.
“Daniel Farke and Livingston’s manager, David Martindale, have been very supportive.
“The initial diagnosis was a real shock to me, but the positive thing is that we caught it early and the prognosis and next steps were all positive.
“I am an optimist and have a positive mindset. I am confident that I will be able to overcome it and will be back there doing what I love very soon.
“I would like to thank everyone around me for their support. I know the coming period will be difficult and will require privacy for me and my family at this point. Where possible, I will do what I can to update my progress.
“Thank you again for the support. See everyone soon.”
Norwich City 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 last challenge of his life.
“Dan is part of our family and we look out for our family. He knows we’re with him every step of the way.
“The care and attention Dan has received so far has been top notch. We thank everyone who cared for him and are grateful to Lingston, for dealing with Dan’s symptoms and alerting us.”
“We are excited to welcome Dan back to Carrow Road and Lotus Training Centre.”