Joe Thompson has been given the all-clear by doctors following his cancer battle.
The best news that Tranmere Rovers could have hoped for this summer has arrived. Joe Thompson is in complete remission following being with diagnosed nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma in October last year.
Joe revealed the news himself via his Twitter account.
** COMPLETE REMISSION ** Two simple words :D Just given the all clear off My Professor! Can't wait to get back out on the Football pitch— Joe Thompson (@JJL_Thompson) June 16, 2014
The 25-year-old midfielder is now hoping to get back involved with football as soon as possible. During his time out from the game he helped raise over £16,000 for charity through the 'Grow4Joe' campaign in which fellow footballers grew facial hair in support for the former Rochdale player.
He also received support from tennis player Ross Hutchins who overcame Hodgkin lymphoma last year and has since returned to playing tennis.
Tranmere will be competing in League Two next season following their relegation but this news will give the club a monumental boost and the fans will certainly be looking forward to seeing Thompson back in action again.
Thompson's teammate Danny Holmes spoke to The Liverpool Echo following the news. "It's a massive, massive boost for Joe and his family and hopefully now he can put it behind him and really kick on."
"I'd love to see him back in a Tranmere kit. Having a year out the game must have been absolutely terrible for him. But you know Joe as a person was never down about it, he always had a smile on his face and I think that gave everyone a boost in a way to see him so positive."
"He didn't let anyone mope around or feel sorry for him and obviously the campaign as well to grow our hair put a smile on everyone's face."