Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Well, Sir Bobby

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Well, Sir Bobby

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Byline: By Craig Hope

Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder today pledged his support to Sir Bobby Robson after he said he is fighting cancer for the fourth time.

The former United manager will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a brain tumour after being taken to hospital while watching Ipswich Town two weeks ago.

But the 73-year-old is expected to make a full recovery after extensive tests revealed a "very small tumour" believed to be the size of a grape.

Roeder had a brain tumour removed in 2003 and he offered his support to his predecessor. He said: "I was very sorry to see the news and I have tried to call him but could not get through. I will try again today.

"Obviously I can relate because I have been there before and I hope he has a successful operation on Wednesday.

"I can reassure Sir Bobby that these surgeons are the superstars. What footballers do pales into insignificance when I think of what these guys do and what they did for me.

"He will have the best possible treatment and I'm sure he will be OK."

Sir Bobby, currently an international consultant for the Republic of Ireland, said: "I had a scan to assess why I felt unwell and had to leave the game at Ipswich early, and the doctors discovered a small, operable tumour that caused an affliction on the left side of my face.

"On Wednesday I will have an operation to remove the tumour and, as surgeons tell me the rest of my body is clean, I should be able to make a full recovery.

"The tumour is in my brain, which sounds bad, but it is in a position where it can be removed easily and it's extremely small ( the size of a grape ( which indicates they have caught it early.

"Apart from the funny turn at the match I have felt great, so it's a bit annoying that I have to go into hospital again.

"Having successfully fought cancer three times, I am confident of getting through this as well. …

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