Sunday December 15 2013
Acerbi fears cancer relapse

Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi is braced for the worst after indications a cancer relapse caused his positive doping test.

The former Chievo and Milan man underwent surgery in July to remove a testicular tumour, which was discovered during a routine medical when he had unusual blood test readings.

He then failed a doping test after the December 1 game against Cagliari due to the presence of hCG.

This is a hormone that can be produced by a cancerous tumour, so Acerbi underwent further tests that – according to the latest reports – suggested the illness has returned.

More examinations are required over the next few days, but for the second time in five months it seems as if a routine sporting test has flagged up a potentially life-threatening condition for the 25-year-old.

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