Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has claimed that he is set to undergo brain surgery to remove a benign tumour.

The TalkSPORT radio presenter, who represented between 1992 and 1994, will be operated after this summer’s World Cup to remove the golf ball sized lump.

“I was sent for an MRI scan and waited for the results,” Cascarino told The Times.

“From the start, I was told it was probably an acoustic neuroma, the same as Debbie (His partner’s sister), a benign tumour that can be very small and grow very slowly.”

“You can have them for years without knowing it.”

“Mine is about the size of a golf ball, which is alarming when you think about it. But the benign bit was a huge weight off my shoulders and in that respect, I’m very lucky.”

“Why am I writing about this? Logistics, firstly. After the World Cup, I’ll be having surgery and my rehabilitation could last for a couple of months, so I’ll be disappearing for a while.”

“The second reason is far more important. My roles with The Times and talkSPORT give me a platform to say please, don’t be like me.”

“In similar circumstances, get yourself checked. I understand now that I left it too long and the longer you leave anything, the bigger the risk.”

Moreover, the former Republic of Ireland international has represented his country 88 times, scoring 19 goals.

The 55-year-old, who played for nine football clubs in Europe, has scored 8 goals in 40 appearances for Chelsea.

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