Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique announces that he's recovering from a brain tumour 3 years ago

Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique announces that he's recovering from a brain tumour

Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Former Newcastle and Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has announced that he is recovering following surgery to remove a rare brain tumour. The Spanish defender confirmed the news on Instagram this morning.

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"Sorry I haven’t been around much. It has been the toughest few weeks of my life. Within the space of one month I have found out the news that I have a rare brain tumour and had surgery to have it removed, I am now in recovery and so thankful. Life is too precious," he said.

Enrique described the last few weeks as "the toughest" of his life, and Liverpool have offered him their full support. "Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Jose. Our thoughts are with you and your family," they said via Twitter.

The Spaniard played over 70 games for the Reds and won the League Cup during his time at Anfield.

In an interview with Marca, the former full-back said that the he was only made aware of the terrible news a month ago.

Since retiring last September, Enrique has pursued a new career as a football agent.

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He said that he first noticed the symptoms during a trip to visit Brighton manager Chris Hughton. After suffering a painful headache, he then experienced severely blurred vision.

After seeking medical help, Enrique was diagnosed with a very rare tumour called chordoma. The tumour was removed after a nine-hour surgery at a Neurology Unit in a Valencia hospital.

We wish him all the best when he starts therapy next month.

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