The Football Association of Wales fully supports Dan Barden following his announcement that he is to receive treatment for testicular cancer.
Dan is currently part of the Cymru U21s squad, where he kept two clean sheets against Moldova and Bulgaria in the side’s opening matches for the 2023 U21 EURO qualifying campaign.
Dan Barden has issued the following statement:
“I can’t thank the medical departments at both Norwich and Livingston enough, as well as everyone at the Royal Marsden Hospital. The speed at which everything has moved has been crazy, but everyone has been absolutely brilliant with me. Both Daniel Farke and the Livingston manager, David Martindale, have also been very supportive.”
“The initial diagnosis was a real shock for me, but the positive thing is that we’ve caught it early and the prognosis and next steps have all been positive. I’m optimistic and have a positive mindset. I’m confident that I’ll be able to beat it and that I’ll be back out there doing what I love soon.”
“I’d like to thank everyone around me for their support. I know that the coming period will be challenging and would ask for privacy for me and my family at this stage. Where possible, I’ll do what I can to update on my progress.”
Cymru U21 manager Paul Bodin said: “As a group of staff and players we were saddened to hear the news about Dan and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. Dan missed the camp in October due to the diagnosis and we are grateful for the work of the medical teams at Dan’s clubs and Marsden Hospital for their speedy diagnosis.
“The news highlights the need for all men to check themselves regularly and seek medical advice as soon as any issues arise. We have been in regular contact with Dan throughout the diagnosis and I look forward to welcoming him back into the Cymru setup when he is ready.”
The FAW, Cymru U21 Squad & Management and the whole Welsh football family extend their support and best wishes to Dan during his treatment.