Emotional scenes as BOTH sets of fans give David Brooks standing ovation as he plays for first time after cancer battle | The Sun
DAVID BROOKS received a standing ovation from both sets of fans as he made his first appearance since beating cancer.
The Bournemouth star, 25, was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021.
He announced that he had made a full recovery at the end of last season, and has since been working his way back to full fitness.
Brooks was on the bench for the first time since beating cancer during his side's 1-0 win over Liverpool last week.
And he made his first appearance in 525 days yesterday when he came on in the 78th minute of his side's 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
Both sets of fans recognised that Brooks' battle had been bigger than football, with the Villa faithful, as well as Bournemouth's, getting off their seats to applaud the Wales international onto the pitch.
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Prior to the match, Cherries boss Gary O'Neil admitted that Brooks had been "itching" to return to action.
He said: "Everyone is also delighted for David Brooks and his family.
"He’s itching, but he’s sensibly itching. He knows there’s things to do, but he’ll be involved again tomorrow."
After last week's match against Liverpool, Brooks took to Instagram to admit how "special" it felt to be back among the group again.