Bristol Rovers promise ‘unwavering support’ for defender Nick Anderton after chemotherapy announcement

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Bristol Rovers chief executive Tom Gorringe has hailed Nick Anderton as an inspiration to everyone at the club after he revealed he will undergo chemotherapy to treat bone cancer.

The 26-year-old was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in July and had a successful operation just under three months later to remove a tumour from his femur. However, a biopsy has now revealed the cancerous cells are aggressive and that will mean a course of chemotherapy that could last for several months. Anderton confirmed the treatment was already underway in an emotional statement released via his own social media accounts and Rovers revealed their ‘unwavering support’ for the former Barrow and Carlisle United defender.

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Chief executive Tom Gorringe said: “As a club, we are extremely close so, when we hear news like we have received with Nick, it affects everyone.

“Sadly, the prognosis Nick has received has developed over the past few months, but we are all incredibly thankful that it was uncovered as early as it was and that he has been afforded such great care and support early on. Nick remains an integral part of our squad and everyone has remained in constant contact with him to offer our support and to do what we can to try and help him and his family through this difficult time.”

“Nick’s response and positivity, despite the adversity he is currently facing, is admirable and he is an inspiration to us all. I have no doubt that he will tackle his chemotherapy like he has the various hurdles that have been placed in front of him already and we look forward to welcoming him back to The Mem once his course has finished.”

Team-mates, opposition players and clubs and a whole host of personalities from around the football world were quick to show their support for Anderton in the aftermath of the announcement. The likes of Rovers team-mate James Belshaw, former clubs Preston North End and Barrow and League One rivals Forest Green Rovers and Morecambe all posted messages of support.

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