Lecce captain Mancosu vows to finish season despite tumour surgery

The 32-year-old kept his condition secret until making an Instagram post on Wednesday.

Mancosu has been a key player for the Puglia side this season, scoring eight goals in 28 league games (Representative photo)-REUTERS   -  REUTERS

Marco Mancosu, the captain of Italian Serie B side Lecce, said he was determined to finish the season before finding out whether he required chemotherapy after undergoing surgery for a tumour.

The 32-year-old kept his condition secret until making an Instagram post on Wednesday.

"I had an operation on March 26. For a tumour. I saw a world that I never thought I would know, I saw terror in the eyes of the people I love," he wrote.

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Mancosu has been a key player for the Puglia side this season, scoring eight goals in 28 league games to fire them to third place, two points off the second automatic promotion spot with two games remaining.

"The doctors told me my season was finished and that I should think about next year, but after two weeks I was back running on the pitch," he said.

"After one month I should have returned to Milan to find out if I needed chemotherapy, but I have not gone yet because I want to do the thing I love the most in the world, playing football, and then we will see at the end of the season. I have already won."

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