David Brooks was named on the bench for Bournemouth for their Premier League clash against Liverpool on Saturday, the first time he has been in a matchday squad since recovering from cancer treatment.
The Wales international has not featured since being diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October 2021.
Brooks was given the all-clear in May and returned to a modified training programme, before signing a new deal with Bournemouth until 2026.
Cherries head coach Gary O’Neil named the 25-year-old among his substitutes for the game against Liverpool at Vitality Stadium, also making three changes to the team that started the agonising last-minute 3-2 defeat at Arsenal.
Our squad are in the building…
With a very special inclusion pic.twitter.com/ZXRAVGaCv6
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) March 11, 2023
Lloyd Kelly, Jefferson Lerma and Jaidon Anthony came in for Chris Mepham, Jordan Zemura and Antoine Semenyo.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made just one change to the team that thrashed Manchester United 7-0 last time out, with Stefan Bajcetic coming in for Jordan Henderson.
Bournemouth were looking to avenge the 9-0 defeat they suffered at Anfield in August.
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