Bristol Rovers defender Nick Anderton has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
The 26-year-old has confirmed he has osteosarcoma which will require surgery in the coming weeks where part of the bone will be removed.
Left-back Anderton joined Rovers in 2021 and played a crucial role in the club’s dramatic promotion to League One on the final day of last season following a five-goal swing over Northampton following a 7-0 thrashing at Scunthorpe.
“Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma,” he said.
“This is a rare form of cancer that affects my femur. I will be having an operation to remove this part of the bone in the next few weeks.
“This diagnosis was a huge shock to me and my family, but we remain positive and hopeful.
“I would like to thank everyone at Bristol Rovers, in particular club doctor Ian Ferguson and chief medical officer Stuart Leake, the specialists at the Royal Orthopedic Hospital Birmingham and my family for their continued support.
“I want to wish the boys all the best for the coming season, starting this Saturday back at the Mem. I hope I can put out another traffic light on Gloucester Road in May!
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Bristol Rovers host promoted side Forest Green on Saturday.
Managing director Tom Gorringe added: “Everyone at Bristol Rovers shares our sympathies for Nick at this difficult time and we will do everything we can to help support Nick and his family during his recovery.
“I’m sure everyone will want to show their support for Nick, which will help him immensely during his recovery. I would also ask everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family during this time.”