07 July 2017

Atheltic Bilbao squad shave their heads in touching tribute to team-mate Yeray Alvarez who has been diagnosed with cancer

ATHLETIC BILBAO have made a touching tribute to their teammate Yeray Alvarez who is currently battling cancer.

The La Liga side have shown immense solidarity as all of the players have shaven their heads after the defender underwent chemotherapy.

Yeray Alvarez was diagnosed with testicular cancer again
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The 22-year-old withdrew from Spain’s Under-21 squad after a medical check-up revealed that his testicular cancer had returned.

After missing out on the Euro Under-21 Championship, he will now undergo chemotherapy and he is expected to return to football in three months.

Bilbao released a statement, read: “During a radiological check-up done on June 12, the latest of the follow-up tests done to monitor the progress of the testicular tumour that was detected and removed on December 2016.

“An anomaly [adenopathy] has been detected that needs to be treated and hence, in the coming days the player will undergo complementary treatment [chemotherapy] indicated by the specialists.

“The player will on June 13 leave the U21 Spain national team and the estimated time of absence is approximately three months.

“Just as we expressed when we first found out about his illness, Athletic Bilbao is at the disposal of Yeray and requests respect and discretion for the player and his family.”

The defender was forced to withdraw from Spain’s Under-21 squad
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The 22-year-old was initially diagnosed with testicular cancer last year

Last year, the defender was diagnosed with testicular cancer and returned less than two months after having the tumour removed.

On Tuesday, Yeray posted a messaging saying: “When you think you have toppled it, it gets up and it comes back to hit you, but don’t worry I’m going to win this battle.

“With the support of all the people and if I have to topple it again, I will do so and I will get up 1,000 times more.”

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