Stansfield diagnosed with cancer

08 April 2010 04:12
Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield has been diagnosed with bowel cancer following a series of tests for an abdominal complaint.The 31-year-old, who joined City in June 2006, was admitted to hospital for tests at the end of March. [LNB]"It's bad, bad news," Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Spotlight. "There's little good on this subject. [LNB]"Adam's a gritty character on the field and is the same off it and he's building himself up for the challenge." [LNB]He said: "It's a word, cancer, that people are scared of. We don't like saying it but you've got to tell the truth, you've got to say what it is. [LNB]"We're fully behind him and he's got a lot of friends here."[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Club fully behind Stansfield - Tisdale[LNB]Stansfield, who has also played for Yeovil and Hereford, scored seven goals in 19 appearances for the Grecians in League One this term. [LNB]And Tisdale believes his experience as a professional footballer will stand him in good stead for what lies ahead. [LNB]"A career in sport does enable you to deal with stressful moments and challenges," he said. [LNB]"Nothing quite like what he's about to go through, but if there's someone who can deal with it and meet it head on with real purpose, Adam's the man. [LNB]"He's given so much effort to this club in recent years and I see no reason why he can't continue to do that in due course."

Source: BBC_Sport