Football fight no problem for cancer survivor Joe Thompson, says Bury boss David Flitcroft

Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson

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CANCER survivor Joe Thompson could be given the chance to revive his football career at Bury.

Shakers manager David Flitcroft - who worked with the 25-year-old midfielder at Rochdale before his move to Tranmere - used Thompson as a late substitute in the club’s 3-1 defeat to Sheffield Wedneday on Friday and has taken him on a pre-season training camp in Tenerife.

Thompson, whose contract at Prenton Park ran out in the summer, was only given the all-clear by doctors in June following his battle to overcome Hodgkin lymphoma.

The youngster was diagnosed in October after complaining of excessive fatigue and underwent a six-month course of chemotherapy.

“Joe has had an incredible fight against cancer and beat it,” said Flitcroft.

“He’s a great person and great to have around.

“Joe has been training with us and been in and around the group, but he can’t do all the work at the minute, physically.

“His body is catching up and will get stronger and stronger.

“He is well in front of where he should be at this stage and if we keep him with us and keep him growing and keep him getting more positive, I am sure after the fight he has had, fighting on a football pitch won’t be a problem.”

Speaking to BBC Late Kick Off in March, Thompson revealed he had received support from other sporting cancer survivors following his diagnosis.

Among them was tennis player Ross Hutchins, who successfully beat Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013.

While undergoing treatment, Thompson raised more than £16,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as part of the "Grow 4 Joe" campaign, with team-mates and footballers from other clubs pledging to grow their hair in the closing weeks of last season.

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