The wonderful news emanating from Spain today is that Yeray Alvarez has beaten testicular cancer for the second time in as many years.
The 22-year-old defender was initially treated for the disease in December of 2016 before suffering a relapse in June of this year when “abnormalities” where found during a routine medical test with the Spain Under-21 side.
Having already had a testicle removed following his first diagnosis, Yeray then underwent chemotherapy immediately following the second while the rest of his teammates shaved their heads in solidarity (see above).
It would seem like the chemo was successful, with Bilbao today confirming that their man is now 2-0 up against cancer…
— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) September 20, 2017
With the player’s consent, Bilbao’s medical department posted the following update on the club’s official website:
The treatment phase scheduled in June for the disease has ended. In the next few days [Yeray] will be discharged and will begin the phase of progressive incorporation to the team.
At the same time, an active surveillance program will be planned.
Superb stuff. Here’s hoping we see Yeray back anchoring the Bilbao defence before too long.