Bournemouth welcomed David Brooks back to the fold as the midfielder returned to action for the first time since September 2021.
Brooks was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021, but he was given the all-clear in May last year.
The Wales international began a modified training programme and eventually returned to a matchday squad when he was named on the bench for Bournemouth’s 1-0 win over Liverpool last week.
Brooks went one further on Saturday, coming on as a substitute in Bournemouth’s 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa – a damaging result for the Cherries’ hopes of beating the drop.
Having seen Brooks play 11 minutes at Villa Park, Bournemouth head coach Gary O’Neil is confident the 25-year-old will be raring to go after the international break.
“I’m delighted for Brooksy. I’m disappointed he came back in a game we didn’t get anything from, but the bigger picture is it’s fantastic for him,” O’Neil told BBC Sport.
“He’ll be ready to go again after the international break.”
Bournemouth, who are 19th in the Premier League, host Fulham in their next game on April 1.
A big moment… Brooksy is back
We’re so proud of you, Brooksy
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— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) March 18, 2023
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