United great Robson faces cancer fight
Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00
Former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson is battling throat cancer, it emerged yesterday, writes Sandy Macaskill.
Robson (54) is able to continue in his role as manager of the Thai national team for now, but had to undergo an operation to remove a tumour from his throat that a laboratory report revealed was cancerous. Surgeons at his Bangkok hospital are "confident" the condition can be treated.
"At this moment, Bryan is fine to continue with his role as Thailand coach and his role as ambassador of Manchester United," said a spokesman.
"Bryan and family have requested that he can continue with his treatment in private and ask that their privacy is respected."
Last night, friends and colleagues spoke of Robson's fighting spirit.
Ron Atkinson, his former manager, called him "one of the most complete players I ever managed", adding: "He was a real fighter as a player and a man and I am sure he won't let it beat him. Bryan came back from injuries as a player and showed great strength and character."
Norman Whiteside, who played with Robson during the 1980s, said: "Captain Marvel will come through." Robson, the longest serving captain in Manchester United's history, remains a hero at Old Trafford -- winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup Winners' Cup. (© Daily Telegraph, London)