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Former Keeper Fülöp Recovering from Tumour Surgery
Monday, 10th Jun 2013 10:19

Former Town keeper Márton Fülöp has revealed that he had a malignant tumour removed from his arm last week. Fülöp, 30, who spent a year with the Blues after signing from Sunderland in 2010, plans to take a break from the game while he recovers.

The Hungarian international, who spent last season in the Greek Superliga with Asteras Tripoli, underwent surgery on Wednesday and is set to receive treatment until the autumn.

Fülöp, who has moved back home to Budapest, had a previous operation in the spring when a biopsy showed a malignant tumour. However, the disease had been caught in time and the keeper hopes to make a full recovery.

He says he first noticed symptoms early in the year: “When training in February I felt a sharp pain in my arm, there was bleeding and I could feel that something was pulling the tendon that moves my middle finger, and I couldn’t straighten out my finger.

“Light treatment didn’t prove successful and I contacted Dr Ferenc Tóth, one of the country’s leading hand specialists, who recognised that my hand needed immediate surgery.

“Since then a long scar can be seen on my arm, but my hand recovered completely – I had no complaints and could return to playing.”

The biopsy showed some suspicious cells in the muscular tissue of the arm but there is no risk of the disease spreading to the lungs and the second operation and ongoing post-operative therapy were only required to rule out any further danger.

Fülöp says he’ll take some time off before looking for a new club with his deal with his current side up this summer: “My contract in Greece has come to an end and with a successful season behind me there were some great career opportunities put in front of me, but for the time being I cannot dwell on these, and I wouldn’t want to put a club’s management in such an awkward situation that they have to deal with my problem.

“I am sure, however, that after a few months I will be ready both physically and mentally, to continue playing football. What is more, I’d like to train between the treatment courses, as the doctors have said this is fine, and, in fact, they heartily recommend it."

A Get Well Soon, Marci Fülöp! page has been set up on Facebook and the player has thanked fans for their support: “I am very grateful for all the messages and good wishes - it really helps me during this period that many are thinking of me.

“I’ll be following the Facebook page and from time to time shall endeavour to publish my most important news, but I ask everyone, including the media, to respect the fact that I’d like to concentrate strictly on my recovery and will be unavailable for comment over the coming few months.”

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Marshalls_Mullet added 10:31 - Jun 10
Always seemed like a good guy when at ITFC.

Good luck pal.

ntoms97 added 10:32 - Jun 10
Want Him Back

fugliblue added 10:35 - Jun 10
get well soon and good luck

HarryfromBath added 10:36 - Jun 10
All the best Marton from everyone here. We greatly appreciated all that you did for us in your time here, and hope that you are back to full health soon.

buryblue77 added 10:46 - Jun 10
Hope it all goes well, good luck in the recovery Marton.

Mach_foreignBlue added 11:02 - Jun 10
Good and decent keeper. Dropped by managerial 'genius' Jewell for some reasons, a few days after he had been voted Man of the Match of Cardiff game when we won 2-0.
Get well soon Marton !

sucrePB1 added 11:28 - Jun 10
all the best marty

irishtim added 11:37 - Jun 10
My very best wishes to you and your family.

TractorCam added 11:41 - Jun 10
Was decent when he was here, would have kept him on for longer, Good luck on your recovery

theresonlyonekeano added 11:53 - Jun 10
Good solid keeper, all the best in your recovery Márton!

DiamondGezzer added 11:55 - Jun 10
Best wishes Marton for your full recovery

murraybrunning added 11:58 - Jun 10
Celebrated every goal we scored like a supporter, decent keeper as well. I'm sad to hear he has been unwell and wish him a speedy recovery.

TotalBlue added 12:10 - Jun 10
Get well soon Marton decent keeper probably the best we have had in quite a while and wouldnt mind him back. If you need to train in UK hopefully town will have invited him to train with us

TractorBeezer added 16:02 - Jun 10
You have a great attitude Marton. Delighted to learn that you managed to catch this early on. Very best wishes for a speedy recovery and a great future.

NoCanariesAllowed added 17:05 - Jun 10
Fulop's performance that night at Cardiff remains one of the best displays I've ever seen from a Town keeper. I recently found I'd still got the highlights recorded on disk and was quite amused to watch it back - both Chopra and JET, obviously both still Bluebirds at the time - pulling faces of disgust and frustration that Marton was somehow keeping everything out. That game was probably Bullard's single best contribution to the club as well.

Best wishes to Marton and hope he recovers well. I know he occasionally showed some indecision coming for crosses and set-pieces but I still thought he was a cracking keeper and wasn't at all happy to see him leave.

IronBlue29 added 18:30 - Jun 10
I think that he's the best keeper we've had in the last five or ten years and Id welcome him back any day of the week. Get well soon Marton. :)

Talbs77 added 19:25 - Jun 10
Wish him the very best in the his recovery and finding a new club, I have no doubt he will be sucessful in both as he's a good keeper.

fussysnake added 11:34 - Jun 11
played a blinder in our first leg carling cup semi final vs Arsenal.... great keeper!
Get well soon Marton

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