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Hull City defender Angus MacDonald, 26, diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer

Hull City have confirmed defender Angus MacDonald has been diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer.

The 26-year-old joined the club in January 2018 following an impressive spell with Barnsley, where he was club captain.

MacDonald missed almost all of last season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in November 2018. He made three appearances for Hull last season, his last coming in the Carabao Cup defeat to Derby in August.

Angus MacDonald, 26 Credit: PA Images

A club statement read:

"Hull are sad to announce that Angus MacDonald has been diagnosed with early stages of bowel cancer.

"Angus has shown great strength of character in the way he has reacted to this news.

"The whole Tigers family join together in showing Angus continued love and will support him in his recovery. His physical and mental wellbeing are our number one priority at this moment in time.

"The club kindly requests that supporters and the media respect the privacy of Angus and his family at this time. Please also note that any further updates on his progress will be provided by the club."