Moenchengladbach’s defender Stefan Lainer diagnosed with blood cancer

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Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Austrian defender Stefan Lainer has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and will be sidelined for several months, according to the Bundesliga club.

Lainer will undergo treatment for the condition during this time, as confirmed by Gladbach.

“The cancer has been detected extremely early and is treatable with medication,” the club said in a statement.

“There is an extremely high chance that he will get back to full health and a normal life including professional sport could still be possible.”

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Lainer transferred to Gladbach in 2019 from Salzburg, a top-tier team in Austria. He has played over 120 matches for the German club across various competitions.

“We will do all we can to get Stevie the best possible treatment. We wish him and his family lots of strength and optimism in the fight against this disease,” said Roland Virkus, board member for sport at Borussia.

Gladbach, who ended up in the 10th position in the previous season, will begin their 2023-24 season by playing against Augsburg on August 19th.

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