Ex-Wales captain Rees cleared after cancer op

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Former Wales captain Matthew Rees has been cleared to resume training after being treated for testicular cancer.

The 33-year-old Rees underwent surgery in October. His Cardiff Blues club said in a statement on Wednesday that he was cleared by specialists, and doesn't need more medical treatment. Rees says, "It is a massive weight off my shoulders, and while there has always been light at the end of the tunnel for me during difficult times, this is the news I always wanted to hear."

He hoped to play for Cardiff before the end of the season. The hooker has 58 caps for Wales since 2005.

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