Former footballer John Hartson is n a bad way with cancer. He could be a useful pick for 2010, though he looks riddled with it, so might not last that long.
Hartson told cancer also in lungs
Former Wales, Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson, who is battling cancer, has undergone emergency neurosurgery on his brain.
Doctors have confirmed that the cancer which had already spread to his brain, has now been found in his lungs.
The 34-year-old, capped by Wales 51 times, was diagnosed at the weekend.
He was transferred to Morriston Hospital in Swansea from Singleton Hospital and is in a critical condition after his surgery.
The former footballer underwent emergency neurosurgery to relieve pressure on his brain, a statement from the hospital trust said.
"He is currently being cared for by the critical care team at Morriston and is receiving round-the-clock care aiming to stabilise his condition," the statement said.
"He will resume radiotherapy and chemotherapy as soon as possible."
Hartson was first diagnosed with testicular cancer on Sunday and admitted to Singleton Hospital in Swansea where further tests were carried out.
The father-of-three retired from a glittering career in football in February 2008 and has since worked as a pundit.
His family issued a statement on Tuesday saying that all his close family and friends "are continuing to support John in any way we can".
"He is receiving outstanding care from all the medical and surgical staff and we would like to thank everyone at both Singleton and Morriston, as well as the excellent ambulance staff," the family said.
"We have been overwhelmed by the support and goodwill from many thousands of football fans, players, clubs and sporting figures and we have drawn strength from this support."
The family also requested that the star's privacy, and that of his family, is respected as he continues his hospital treatment.
Officials at Arsenal have said the club is "deeply saddened" by news of his cancer.
The former centre forward joined Arsenal as a teenager from Luton in January 1995 and, in two seasons at Highbury, made 62 appearances, scoring 16 goals.
The player left Arsenal for West Ham United in February 1997 and continued his career with the Hammers, Wimbledon, Coventry City, Celtic, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City.
"Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to take this opportunity to wish John, together with his family and friends, all the very best in the challenging times that lie ahead. Our thoughts are with you," the statement added.
During his international career, he scored 14 goals before stepping down in February 2006 to concentrate on his club football.
Hartson made his Wales debut in March 1995 in an away match against Bulgaria, often leading the line as a lone striker, until his last game in November 2005 against Cyprus.