The best team news you'll read all year! David Brooks in Bournemouth squad to face Liverpool for first time in 525 days after beating cancer

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There was delight all round as Bournemouth's teamsheet featured David Brooks for the first time in 525 days, with the Cherries taking on Liverpool.
  • First appearance since September 2021
  • Battled back from cancer diagnosis
  • Makes bench against Liverpool

WHAT HAPPENED? Brooks was named on the Cherries' bench for their lunchtime clash with Liverpool. His name on the teamsheet is a heart-warming sight after nearly 18 months on the sidelinse and the winger is sure to draw a huge ovation from both sets of fans if he makes it on to the field at the Vitality Stadium.

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Brooks was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021, interrupting his stellar progress on the south coast after his move from Sheffield United. The illness also cost Brooks the opportunity to go to a World Cup with Wales but after announcing his recovery last year and now back to fitness, things are looking up for the talented 25-year-old.

WHAT NEXT FOR DAVID BROOKS? Bottom-placed Bournemouth will be hoping Brooks' return helps spark them out of a poor run of form. One win in 10 games has seen Gary O'Neil's men become favourites for relegation but with so many teams bunched at the bottom, a bit of magic from their Welsh wonder may make all the difference.