David Brooks, the Bournemouth star, recently scored his first Premier League goal since successfully battling cancer. In October 2021, Brooks was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma and immediately underwent treatment. After receiving the all-clear in May 2022, he returned to action in March this year.
In his fourth appearance of the season against Brentford, Brooks showcased his skills and determination. With a cool finish, he found the back of the net, securing his first top-flight goal since July 2020. The goal came after Marcus Tavernier broke free down the left flank and passed the ball to Brooks, who rounded the goalkeeper to put Bournemouth 2-1 ahead with just 13 minutes remaining.
Unfortunately, the hosts managed to salvage a point when Bryan Mbuemo equalized in stoppage time. Despite this, Brooks has been in good form this season, scoring twice for Bournemouth, including in their recent Carabao Cup second-round victory against Swansea.
Looking ahead, Brooks will be aiming to continue his goal-scoring form for Wales during the international break. Additionally, for all the latest football fixtures, results, and standings, fans can stay updated with talkSPORT’s new match center. It provides comprehensive information on Premier League fixtures, the league table, all fixtures and results, and all league tables.
David Brooks has had a remarkable career, and his journey has reached a new high as he notched his first Premier League goal since being cleared of cancer in a 1-1 draw against Brentford.
The 23-year-old forward, who plays for Sheffield United, had been living with non-Hodgkin lymphoma since last season. Despite the diagnosis, he still managed to make seven appearances in the Championship between October and January.
But Brooks’ return to the top-flight of English football was to be a special one, notching the opener against Brentford, in what ended up a well-deserved 1-1 draw.
Brooks made his Premier League debut for the Blades in August 2017, but the finish against Brentford was the first goal in the top division of English football for the Welshman.
“It’s great to be back,” he told reporters after the game. “I’m over the moon to score a goal. It felt great to be back out there competing again and to to get a goal was a great feeling”.
His teammate and good friend John Lundstram was full of praise for Brooks and his return to the pitch. “Everything he has been through has been well-documented and it’s an inspiration for everyone,” Lundstram said in his post-match interview.
The draw has moved Sheffield United up to 5th in the Premier League table, the highest resting point of their campaign this season and they will look to further strengthen their position in the coming weeks.
The football world will rally around Brooks for his incredible achievement, a powerful reminder of the resilience of human spirit.