Wigan Athletic footballer reveals cancer all clear and "can't wait" to return to playing

Callum Jones had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma around four months ago.
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A promising footballer has revealed he is cancer free after undergoing successful chemotherapy treatment.

Callum Jones, the Wigan Athletic Under-18s captain, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma around four months ago after experiencing chest pains. But after being treated on two weekly cycles at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, Jones has shared his wonderful news on social media.

Wigan Athletic youngster Callum JonesWigan Athletic youngster Callum Jones
Wigan Athletic youngster Callum Jones

"In October 2023 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma," he posted on Instagram. "After a tough few months of receiving chemotherapy, I’m happy to be able to say that my treatment has been successful.

"I’d like to say a massive thank you to my friends, family and everyone involved @laticsofficial for their continuous support and wishes over the last few months. I’d also like to say thank you to the nurses and doctors at the Christie hospital for providing me with treatment and for the guidance and support that I received. Thank you everyone for all of the support that I have received. I can't wait to be back to full health and back on the pitch."

The Latics first-team squad used last month's FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United to show their support for their colleague - a lifelong supporter who has been with the club since the age of eight - by wearing t-shirts bearing the slogan 'Keep Fighting Jonesy'.

Several of Jones’ colleagues – past and present – were quick to pass on their best wishes including fellow Academy graduate James Carragher and Curtis Tilt, now at Salford.