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Hero Hartson leaves hospital after chemotherapy treatment

PUBLISHED: 17:32 11 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:22 07 September 2010

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has been released from hospital after undergoing treatment for cancer.

The 34-year-old Welshman, who was one of George Graham s final signings at Highbury, was discharged from the Singleton Hospital in Swansea, after c

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has been released from hospital after undergoing treatment for cancer.

The 34-year-old Welshman, who was one of George Graham's final signings at Highbury, was discharged from the Singleton Hospital in Swansea, after completing the first stage of chemotherapy. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July. It has since spread to his lungs and brain.

A family statement read: "John is glad to be back with his family, and ready to face the next steps in his chemotherapy ... the support of friends and the public has been a huge lift to us all over the last few weeks."

Hartson spent two seasons in north London, after arriving for £2.5 million in January 1995 - then a record for a teenger - and netted 14 times including Arsenal's goal in their 1-2 defeat to Real Zaragoza in the 1995 European Cup-Winners'-Cup final.

He later played for West Ham, Wimbledon, Coventry, Celtic and West Bromwich Albion, before retiring in 2007.


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