Cardiff defender Sol Bamba says he has been left “speechless” by the support he has received online after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this month.
The 35-year-old has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and recently started on his road to recovery by beginning a course of chemotherapy treatment.
Cardiff revealed the heartbreaking news on Monday and offered their full support to the centre-back, who is still expected to attend matches and continue his coaching development with the youth side.
And after turning 36 on Thursday, Bamba has taken to social media to thank fans for both their birthday wishes and support following his diagnosis.
He wrote on Instagram: “Thank you for all your birthday and well wishes over the last few days.
“Your support at times has left me speechless and I’m sorry that I couldn’t reply to every message but believe me I read them all! I know I’m going to get through this”.
Bamba has racked up over 100 appearances for Cardiff and helped the Welsh club gain promotion to the Premier League back in 2018.
He has also enjoyed stints with Paris St-Germain, Leicester, Leeds and Palermo.
Cardiff were left devastated by the news earlier this week, insisting Bamba is “universally admired” at the club.
“We are saddened to inform supporters that Sol Bamba has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” their statement read.
“With the close support of the Club's medical team, Sol has immediately started a course of chemotherapy treatment.
“Universally admired by teammates, staff and supporters in the Welsh capital, Sol has begun his battle in typically positive spirits and will continue to be an integral part of the Bluebirds family.
“During treatment, Sol will support his teammates at matches and our younger players within the Academy, with whom he will continue his coaching development.
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“All future updates on Sol’s progress will be provided only via official Club channels. While we request privacy for him and his family at this time, messages of support to be passed on to Sol may be sent to [email protected]
“We are all with you, Sol.”
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