Cheltenham Town player Eliot Richards has this week been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The appropriate treatment has been arranged, which will include surgery early next week.
The club will of course ensure that every assistance is offered to Eliot and his family to help them through this difficult time.
Testicular cancer is not common but each year around 2,300 men in the UK will be diagnosed. It usually affects younger men and, thankfully, is one of the most treatable types of cancer with over 95% of men being completely cured if diagnosed early enough.
Regular self-examination of the testicles is recommended for all men. Any persisting ache or the appearance of a lump or swelling should be brought promptly to the attention of your GP, as Eliot did.
In due course we expect Eliot to make a full recovery. In the meantime we know that all Cheltenham supporters will want to join us in wishing Eliot and his family well in the days and weeks ahead.
For more information about testicular cancer and how to spot the signs visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/testicular