Yeray Alvarez Returns To Athletic Club Training After Beating Cancer
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Yeray Alvarez has returned to training with Athletic Club after battling, and beating cancer.
Following chemotherapy for a second bout of testicular cancer, the 22-year-old's recuperation is nearly complete as he slowly reintegrates into the main training sessions.
Alvarez in action for Spain under-21's. Images: PA
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday via Football Espana, the defender detailed his brave battle.
From watching his teammates from the stands to enjoying training alongside them once again.
"I suffer more watching from the stands than being on the pitch."
"Being in the stands and watching things not always going to plan is tough. You want to be on the pitch helping the team!
"I am in my final stretch of recuperation, entering into the group's main training session little by little and following the deadlines.
"I'm really happy with how things are going and my pre-season has been going for seven weeks, but I'm not setting myself deadlines, I just want to feel good and enjoy training with my teammates.
"You do get fatigued with symptoms of the treatment sometimes in the week after treatment, but now I value things much more and the feeling is decreasing.
"I was never afraid but they were tough moments, especially when I was preparing to play in the European Under-21 tournament.
Alvarez added: "I have received many messages which I am grateful for, the support pleases me but there are plenty more cases like this and we must continue the fight.
"It will be tough for me to break back into the team - Nunez has come in and is doing very well and there is a high level of competitiveness within the squad.
"We have high demands and expectations at this club so fan anger at recent results is understandable.
Alvarez's inspirational story continues with a place in the team hopefully in the near future.