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Mihajlovic: ‘The illness is back’

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has revealed that he will return to hospital for further treatment in his ongoing battle with leukemia. The 53-year-old was diagnosed with the disease in 2019 but made a full recovery following a bone marrow transplant following three rounds of chemotherapy.

Speaking at a press conference today, the coach confirmed that he will have to return to hospital for a new round of treatment:

“I have been advised to embark on a course of therapy that can nip the illness in the bud. I’m not going to slide in like I did two and a half years ago on a flying opponent, but I’ll get a head start so that it doesn’t go off.

“You can see that this disease is very brave to come back to face someone like me. I’m here, if the first lesson wasn’t enough I’ll give it another one. This is the path of life, made of ups and downs, there are also holes where you can fall, but you must always find the strength to get back up.

“At the beginning of next week I’ll have to take some time off and I’ll be admitted to Sant’Orsola. I know I’m in good hands. Unlike two and a half years ago, I’m calmer. I know what I have to do and the situation is different, I hope it’ll be quick.

“I’ll do everything I can to make it even quicker, but I’ll have to miss a few games. I’ve already had everything I need to follow the training sessions and matches set up in the room in the ward that will house me.

“I’m sure the lads won’t let me down, I’ll fight with them and I’m sure they’ll fight for me. I also ask the Bologna fans to support them and help them. I’ll be back soon with the team and with all of you.”


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