DAVID BROOKS has his tip for Wales to make an impressive return at the World Cup.
The Bournemouth star, 24, is now cancer-free after being diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma last October.
Brooks joined Robert Page’s side in Wales’ 1-0 final win over Ukraine in Cardiff last week and Chris Mepham believes November’s finals in Qatar is a realistic goal.
Mepham, a team-mate for club and country, said: “There’s no hiding, it’s been a really tough and long road for David and his family.
“It was great for him to be part of the squad. He picks up the place with its history. It really puts things in perspective.
“As a team, it’s amazing that we can offer him something to look forward to.
“But it’s a realistic goal for him to come back at the World Cup. Hopefully he can present himself at this level again.
“He has to listen to his body and make sure he ticks off all the checklists he needs.
“But realistically he has a couple of months to build his fitness and rebuild his physique and if he does that I’m sure he’ll be in a good place by November.”
Brooks also has the prospect of Premier League football next season after Scott Parker’s side clinched promotion.
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Mepham added: “On the outside, promotion to the Premier League with Bournemouth and now qualifying for the World Cup means things have gone as well as they can and David has a lot to look forward to.
“I spoke to him a lot and everyone gave him that support. We will be happy to have him back.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5547333/david-brooks-wales-world-cup-cancer-recovery/ David Brooks tipped Wales’ impressive return to the World Cup following the Bournemouth star’s incredible recovery from cancer