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12th Sep 2021

Sol Bamba plays first full league match since cancer all-clear

Simon Lloyd


Sol Bamba reached a significant milestone on Saturday, completing his first full league appearance since being diagnosed with cancer.

The Middlesbrough defender was unable to prevent his side losing 2-0 to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, but later said that being able to play a full 90 minutes was a personal victory after his battle with cancer.

“It’s not my type to talk after a defeat,” the 36-year-old tweeted on Saturday evening.

“But on a personal note, it’s my first 90 minutes for months and after a hard-fought battle against cancer. I’ll take this victory for today and will look for one on the pitch next time.”

Bamba was given the all-clear from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in May and was able to make a final appearance for Cardiff City as a substitute in their 1-1 draw with Rotherham at the end of last season. 

He joined Boro on a one-year deal in the summer, reuniting with old Cardiff boss Neil Warnock.

Bamba was a late substitute in Middlesbrough’s 2-1 victory over Bristol City last month. He also played in the EFL Cup game against Blackpool days prior to that.