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Former Liverpool Defender Jose Enrique Has Surgery to Remove Brain Tumour

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Jose Enrique of Liverpool during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on August 10, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
Clint Hughes/Getty Images

Former Liverpool and Newcastle United left-back Jose Enrique has been diagnosed with a "rare brain tumour."

Enrique posted a message to his followers on Instagram detailing the "toughest few weeks of my life."

The 32-year-old said he has had surgery to remove the tumour and is now recovering.

Enrique retired from football in 2017 at the age of 31 after being released by Real Zaragoza. He spent five years at Liverpool between 2011 and 2016.

Enrique was part of the Liverpool side that won the 2012 Carling Cup, the team's last major piece of silverware.

The club posted their best wishes to their former player on Twitter:

Liverpool FC @LFC

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Jose. Our thoughts are with you and your family. #YNWA https://t.co/HChIdaujFR

Perhaps the most prosperous spell of Enrique's career came during his time at Newcastle, though, where he was a big fan favourite.

After joining the Magpies from Villarreal in 2007, he enjoyed four years at St James' Park, cementing himself as a key player. In the 2009-2010 season, he helped Newcastle earn promotion back to the Championship from the Premier League.

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