Kettering Town midfielder Aidan Bradshaw will undergo surgery on Monday after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The Poppies confirmed the news this morning after the 18-year-old had been for tests earlier this week.
Bradshaw has already agreed new terms for the forthcoming Calor League Division One Central campaign, having been part of the Kettering squad during the second half of last season.
Poppies assistant-manager Thomas Baillie said: “I had a call from Aidan’s dad yesterday (Thursday) when he confirmed the news.
“Aidan had been complaining of being in pain in his lower body while he was out running to prepare for pre-season.
“I was aware he was going for tests but none of us were expecting this news. He is only 18 years old. I know it happens, but it is hard to take in.
“He will be having surgery on Monday and hopefully that will the start of a swift recovery. He is a good lad and he will have the full support of the club and our fans.”
A statement on the Poppies’ website confirmed the prognosis for Bradshaw is good and that he is expected to make a full recovery.
The statement said: “The family of Aidan Bradshaw has advised the club that Aidan has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and is to undergo an operation immediately.
“The club sends its support and best wishes to Aidan and his family at this difficult time. The prognosis is good and Aidan is expected to make a full recovery. Further updates will be issued when known.”
The news comes just 24 hours before Kettering are due to play their opening pre-season friendly at St Neots Town tomorrow (Saturday).