Brooks returns to Bournemouth squad v Liverpool for first time since cancer treatment

David Brooks was named to the bench for Bournemouth in the Premier League clash against Liverpool on Saturday for the first time since recovering from cancer.

The Wales international has not appeared since he was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October 2021.

Brooks was cleared in May and returned to a modified training program before signing a new deal with Bournemouth until 2026.

Cherry head coach Gary O’Neill named the 25-year-old as one of his substitutes against Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium and also made three substitutions for a squad that started a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal :2 at the last minute.

Lloyd Kelly, Jefferson Lerma and Jadon Anthony replaced Chris Mepham, Jordan Zemura and Antoine Semenho.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made just one substitution in a team that had last beaten Manchester United 7-0: Stefan Baisetic replaced Jordan Henderson.

Bournemouth wanted to avenge their 9-0 defeat at Anfield in August.


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