sport news Joe Thompson targets return after beating cancer again

Rochdale's Joe Thompson has his sights set on a return to the football field after beating cancer for a second time.

The 28-year-old announced in June he was in complete remission, having revealed in March that the nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma he successfully battled in 2013 had returned.

When he was first diagnosed with the disease, Thompson was back playing two months after announcing he was in remission.

Joe Thompson is looking forward to returning to the football field after beating cancer again

Joe Thompson is looking forward to returning to the football field after beating cancer again

While his return this time is not yet pencilled in, the midfielder has relished his return to pre-season training - even if it has meant less time at home with his wife and young daughter.

He said: 'I'll have a look at the fixtures and see when I can realistically get back. That was my carrot at the end of it.

'There's one thing you really have to hone in on. What motivates you? Mine was family. They were going to get me through it. But I think my family know they don't have Joe without football.

'I've needed to get in and around the lads again. You do want some normality.

'I got the normality back at home, my little girl got used to daddy being back at home and my wife wasn't having to do as much around the clock work with me.

'My life has got a lot of women in it. I've been surrounded by my little angels but it was nice

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