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Drogheda United striker Gary O'Neill diagnosed with cancer

The 31-year-old will undergo surgery after tests showed “relatively minor symptoms”.

O'Neill in action for Drogheda.
O'Neill in action for Drogheda.
Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

AIRTRICITY LEAGUE FOOTBALLER Gary O’Neill has testicular cancer, it has been revealed.

The 31-year-old Drogheda United striker, who has had spells with the likes of Shelbourne, St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers in the past, was diagnosed with “relatively minor symptoms” yesterday after being sent for tests by the Louth club.

He will undergo surgery in the next few days.

“The board of Drogheda United is saddened to have to inform colleagues, friends and supporters that forward Gary O’Neill was yesterday diagnosed with testicular cancer,” a statement read.

“He is hopeful of a satisfactory response to the treatment and he remains optimistic and positive for the future.

We are offering Gary and his family every possible support as he undergoes treatment and we look forward to his full and speedy recovery.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary and his family at this difficult time and we know that the many friends that he has made in his long career in football will join us in wishing him well.”

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