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Last Updated: Monday, 16 May, 2005, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Lisbie starts recovery after op
Charlton striker Kevin Lisbie
Charlton's Kevin Lisbie is recuperating following a major operation to remove a non-malignant tumour from his nose.

The 27-year-old had suffered several major nose bleeds, and was diagnosed with the rare condition of juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma.

Lisbie had to spend Saturday on a ventilator in intensive care, but is expected to make a full recovery.

"Our thoughts have been with Kevin over the last few days," said Charlton boss Alan Curbishley.

"It's something that has been bothering him for the last month.

"It was a major operation but we're pleased it's been a success and we're looking forward to him coming out of hospital soon."

The tumour was about half the size of a thumb, and Wayne Diesel, Charlton's medical department head said Lisbie was fortunate to have received early treatment.

"These growths can grow to the size of a fist if left undiagnosed and they are seldom diagnosed so quickly," he said.

"To have the operation so speedily was incredible and it's a great testament to the phenomenal care he has received from all the specialists and nursing staff, who I'd like to thank on behalf of the club and Kevin."

Lisbie has scored 19 goals in 160 appearances for the Addicks, including a memorable hat-trick against Liverpool last season.


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