Cardiff manager Neil Harris has backed Sol Mamba when he announced that he had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
defender, who turns 36 on Wednesday, has undergone cancer treatment and according to Harris, who has survived form cancer, he has a long journey ahead of him.
, who told his team-mates about his illness on Monday before a public announcement was issued by the club, wants to participate as much as possible in the training sessions and Cardiff matches.
“It’s very sad news and hard-hitting for everybody within the training ground and football club, and within the fan base as well,”
Harris said in a video interview released by the Sky Bet Championship club
“It’s been a difficult week for everybody involved and I spoke to Sol regularly over the Christmas period when he first found out.
“We’ve got to a stage where he’s had time to take it in and find out where he’s at in terms of treatment for the cancer and what his next steps are.
“He’s had time to digest that with the family and speak to them.
“He felt it was only right that he had the chance to come in on Monday and speak to the players and staff in person before releasing the statement.
“As you can imagine it was very emotional for everyone at the training ground, and it was a day that I’ll never forget.
“Sol is an incredible human being. The humility of wanting to put people and their feelings in front of himself is astonishing, and we’ll support Sol and his family in the battle ahead.”