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Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt on Marco Russ illness

Examinations after a failed drugs test revealed Marco Russ is suffering from a severe tumour disease, but the defender wants to play on.

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Marco Russ has been diagnosed with a severe tumour disease, Eintracht Frankfurt have announced.

Frankfurt were notified Russ had failed a drugs test due to high levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).

The club subsequently initiated internal medical examinations which revealed the abnormal values were a result of a severe tumour disease, with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) requesting further analysis.

"Eintracht Frankfurt has today [Wednesday] been notified of a positive drug test by Marco Russ by the anti-doping commission of the DFB," a Frankfurt statement read.

"In the finding there is a striking increase in the value of growth hormone HCG.

"We immediately implemented an internal examination, with a urology expert, in the late afternoon which gave a specialist medical finding of severe tumour disease, which explains the increased values.

"This finding was unfortunately confirmed in the evening by the immediately initiated blood tests from a biochemical institute.

"NADA had itself noted that the high value of the growth hormone can also be an indication of a disease and has suggested a clinical examination to protect the player."

Russ remains hopeful of participating in the Bundesliga relegation play-off against Nurnberg, the first leg of which is on Thursday.

"Despite the … diagnosis the player declared himself ready to play, which was confirmed by the medical staff," the statement added.

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