News this weekend that another football player has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Cheltenham Town forward Eliot Richards made an appearance from the bench on Saturday, coming on at half-time during the 3-0 defeat by Plymouth.

However, after the game the club revealed that the 23 year old striker has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The former Wales Under-21 international, who started out at Bristol Rovers, will now undergo surgery early next week.

In a brief statement released on the club’s website, Cheltenham have said that they will give Eliot and his family all the support they can possibly give during this “difficult time.”

The statement continuing:

 “In due course we expect Eliot to make a full recovery.

“In the meantime we know that all Cheltenham supporters will want to join us in wishing Eliot and his family well in the days and weeks ahead.”

Testicular cancer commonly affects men between the ages of 15 and 49, with it being one of the most treatable types of cancer – more than 96 per cent of men with early tage testicular cancer recover fully from the disease.

Undoubtedly, the recent example of Jonas Gutierrez fighting back to play in the Premier League will inspire Eliot Richards as to what is possible and we wish him all the best in his fight against the disease.