Hull City defender Angus MacDonald has taken part in his first training session with his teammates since he was given the all-clear for bowel cancer.
The Tigers’ defender joined from Barnsley back in January 2018 and became an important part of their first-team. However, he was hit with the devastating news that he was diagnosed with bowel cancer, meaning he hasn’t played a competitive match for Hull since the 28th August in an EFL Cup defeat to Derby County, in which he captained the side.
The news was obviously a tough one to take for the whole of Hull, let alone MacDonald, ignoring the playing matters completely.
However, the centre-back was given incredible news when it was confirmed just before Christmas that he was given the all-clear from the disease and looking to start his road to recovery for the Tigers.
As is the case with such a lengthy layoff, it’s taken time for MacDonald to get back to a point where he is able to train to a professional footballer’s standard, but it seems as if he’s well on the way to making a full Hull City recovery under Grant McCann.
MacDonald took to Twitter to comment his delight on his first full training session with his teammates since returning to fitness:
— Angus MacDonald (@Angus_Mac15) February 18, 2020
A timescale on his fitness is yet to be confirmed but there will be no rush to get him back and playing any time soon after such a horrid time on the sidelines.
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It’s a massive boost to the club to see MacDonald come back into the squad for training, and while there are more important things to consider, it’s still great news.
MacDonald will be buzzing to get back to the normality of training each day with his teammates, even though there’s been a lot of changes to the playing squad in his absence.
There will be a huge reception for when he finally makes his Hull City return on the pitch, which doesn’t seem to be too far away as some would imagine, considering he’s already in training.
MacDonald is a very solid defender and an important asset to the dressing room, especially after what’s happened, so no doubt that morale is high.