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Yeray departs Spain Under 21’s squad after cancer relapse

Yeray departs Spain Under 21’s squad after cancer relapse

Athletic Bilbao center-half Yeray Alvarez has withdrawn from Spain’s under 21’s Euro squad after an abnormality was discovered in a check up following his operation last December to remove a testicular tumour.

The medical examination discovered an inflammation in the lymph glands and doctors have decided to put Yeray on chemotherapy, meaning he will miss Spain’s under 21’s Euro campaign and part of Athletic Bilbao regular season.

The club released a statement today saying: “During a radio-logical check-up done on June 12, the latest of the follow-up tests done to monitor the progress of the testicular tumour that was detected and removed on December 2016, an anomaly [adenopathy] has been detected that needs to be treated and hence, in the coming days the player will undergo complementary treatment [chemotherapy] indicated by the specialists.”

Yeray made his senior debut last September and after having his tumour removed in December, he returned to football in February, making a total of 25 appearances in La Liga and the Europa League.

His performances for the Basque club earned him a call up to the Spain under 21’s squad. Bilbao will not seek a replacement for Yeray in the transfer window and will instead look to academy product Unai Nunez and Oscar Gil, who played for Real Oviedo on loan last year, to cover for the 22-year-old.

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It is news like this that brings football into perspective and I am sure that Spanish football community is with me in wish Yeray a speedy recovery.