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Celtic defender Alan Stubbs
"I know it was a big operation, but I always thought I would be back"
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Thursday, 19 April, 2001, 20:32 GMT 21:32 UK
Stubbs launches cancer appeal
Alan Stubbs dreams of a return to first-team action
Alan Stubbs dreams of a return to first-team action
Celtic's Alan Stubbs has launched his own appeal to help research into cancer.

The English central defender has been diagnosed twice with testicular cancer in the last two years - most recently last November - but has now returned to training with the club.

Stubbs even now hopes to play for the first team again before the end of the season, starting with a reserve match on Monday.

"Obviously it has been difficult," he said. "The first time was a blow. The second time was more than that."

But he insists that he never doubted that he would play football again and says that support he received from medical staff, friends, family and friends had made it all the more easy for him.

Most successful treatment

"The day after the operation, I was in horrendous pain, but now I am well ahead of schedule," explained Stubbs.

The 29-year-old is now aiming to make more men aware of the dangers through the charity.

Alan Stubbs' agent, Paul Stretford
Alan Stubbs' agent, Paul Stretford
"I think because of what I do and the reaction around it, a lot more people - especially men - are aware of it now," said Stubbs.

"If they are not, they should be. Of all the cancers you can get, it is probably the one that you want to get.

"Obviously you don't want to get any, but that is the one with the most successful treatment.

"It is quite simply about checking yourself and having a feel down your pants, as we all do.

Role model

"It is something that some people may be ashamed of doing, but it is just a couple of minutes and it would have stopped me going through what I've been through if I'd been more sensible."

Stubbs' agent, Paul Stretford, explained that the defender had wanted to give something back to the people who had helped him through his illness.

"Based around the illness Alan went through, it has been decided that he would like to do something to benefit charities which have a particular meaning to him," said Stretford.

"The Beatson Oncology Unit (at Glasgow's Western Infirmary) helped Alan to recover in his treatment process and the Everyman Action against Male Cancer, which specialises in promoting awareness and research into testicular and prostrate cancer.

"Alan has decided to launch the Alan Stubbs Everyman Cancer Appeal after being asked to act as a role model for the charity in Scotland."

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