Former Rangers and Newcastle Player Diagnosed with Cancer

Chris GriggsCorrespondent INovember 12, 2008

Australian International and Queensland Roar player Craig Moore was diagnosed with testicular cancer on the 12th of November. Having recently had a change of heart concerning his international retirement, Moore remains hopeful of helping the Socceroo's qualify and compete in the 2010 World Cup.

Amazingly, he played in last Saturday's game against Melbourne Victory knowing of the condition, before having a testicle removed on Tuesday. Doubt remains as to whether he will feature again this season, and he has subsequently withdrawn from the Socceroo squad named to play against Bahrain next week.

Moore has long been one of Australia's most consistent players, having made 40 international appearances and scoring three goals, including a spot kick at the 2006 World Cup against Croatia.

With spells at Rangers, Crystal Palace, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Newcastle United, Moore has been a great representative for Australian football—and I am sure I speak for everyone on Bleacher Report when I wish him all the best, and a speedy recovery.