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Young footballer owes his life to Manchester United

An 11 year old footballer says he owes his life to Manchester United. Joshua Almond, from Darwen in Lancashire was training with the club when one of the academy staff noticed he looked lethargic and unable to keep up with the other trainees.

The leukaemia diagnosis that followed shocked both the club and Josh's family. Josh is now in remission after having extensive treatment for leukaemia including a bone marrow transplant thanks to the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity and bone marrow register.

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Young footballer's dreams kept alive thanks to Manchester United

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Joshua Almond with letter from Manchester United Credit: ITV Granada

11 year old Joshua Almond is recovering from leukaemia whilst poorly Sir Alex Ferguson wrote to him to say he was sorry he'd been unwell and the club would remain interested in him. His mother Marie, from Darwen says Joshua has been playing football since he 4 years old.

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Manchester United players visit Joshua Almond in hospital Credit: ITV Granada

Manchester United’s head of academy recruitment, Mr Langley, said the door would stay open for as long as it took. He said: “We have always said to the family and to Joshua that we will always keep the opportunity open to him to have another assessment."

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