Jose Enrique shares pictures of his brain tumour treatment as ex-Liverpool defender gives inspirational message to fans

FORMER Liverpool and Newcastle star Jose Enrique has given an update on his recovery from brain surgery.

The 32-year was diagnosed with chordoma, a rare type of tumour that usually occurs in the bones of the skull base and spine, but his was found behind the eye.

Enrique underwent a nine-hour operation in Spain last June.

The former left-back, now working as an agent, posted a host of pictures on social media to keep fans updated on his progress.

The set of pictures included him undergoing proton therapy which helps to destroy the cancerous cells as he fights to recover from the rare condition.

Enrique also shared an inspirational message to his 274,000 followers on Instagram.

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Jose Enrique with partner Amy-JaineCredit: Instagram @joseenriquee3

Jose Enrique moved to Newcastle in 2007Credit: PA:Press Association
Jose Enrique moved to Liverpool in 2011Credit: PA:Press Association

He said: “Hello guys. First of all thanks so much for all the messages and your support, it has been amazing.

“I just wanted to share with all of you some pictures of what I have been doing for the last two months.

“I just wanted to leave a message for the people that are going through bad times health wise or other problems.

“It doesn’t matter how big the problem is you can fight it and go through it.

"The most important thing is the way you take it and I have really surprised myself how I have reacted going through all of this.

"Don’t believe you can’t do something, it doesn’t matter how hard it is #WECAN.
“Thanks again for the lovely support.”

After four years at St James’ Park, the Spaniard moved to Anfield in 2011 and retired from football in September 2017 while at Real Zaragoza due to a persistent knee injury.

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