Norwich keeper Dan Barden diagnosed with testicular cancer

Highly-rated Norwich City goalkeeper Dan Barden, 20, reveals he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer – and the ‘shocked’ Premier League star will step away from football for treatment

  • Dan Barden says support of friends and family has helped him in last few weeks
  • He also thanked the medical departments of both Norwich and Livingston 
  • Barden said he is confident he will beat testicular cancer and play football again
  • Medical staff caught the cancer early and the prognosis is a positive one  

Norwich goalkeeper Dan Barden has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The 20-year-old is currently on-loan at cinch Premiership side Livingston but will be taking a break from football. His diagnosis is the second to rock football in the space of a week after Bournemouth star David Brooks announced he has stage two Hodgkin lymphoma. 

‘It has been a very difficult and challenging period, but the support of my family, friends and colleagues has helped get me through the last few weeks,’ Barden told Norwich’s official club website.’

Norwich goalkeeper Dan Barden has been diagnosed with testicular cancer 

He will be closely monitored on a treatment programme after undergoing follow up tests following the initial diagnosis.

‘I can’t thank the medical departments at both Norwich and Livingston enough, as well as everyone at the Royal Marsden Hospital,’ the goalkeeper added.

The speed at which everything has moved has been crazy, but everyone has been absolutely brilliant with me. Both Daniel Farke and the Livingston manager, David Martindale, have also been very supportive.

‘The initial diagnosis was a real shock for me, but the positive thing is that we’ve caught it early and the prognosis and next steps have all been positive.

Barden (left) has been on loan from the Premier League side with Livingston 

Barden is on loan from Norwich at Livingston and thanked both clubs for their support 

‘I’m optimistic and have a positive mindset. I’m confident that I’ll be able to beat it and that I’ll be back out there doing what I love soon.

‘I’d like to thank everyone around me for their support. I know that the coming period will be challenging and would ask for privacy for me and my family at this stage. Where possible, I’ll do what I can to update on my progress.’

Canaries sporting director Stuart Webber said: ‘Everyone at Norwich City wishes Dan a speedy recovery. Our love and thoughts are with him and his family as he starts this latest challenge in his life.

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber wished Barden will on behalf of the club

‘Dan is part of our family and we look out for our own. He knows we are with him every step of the way.

‘The care and attention Dan has had so far has been top class. We thank everyone who has looked out for him and we are grateful for Livingston for acting on Dan’s symptoms and alerting us.

‘We can’t wait to welcome Dan back to Carrow Road and the Lotus Training Centre.’

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