FORMER Liverpool and Newcastle star Jose Enrique has given an update on his recovery from brain surgery.
The 32-year was diagnosed with chordoma, a rare type of tumour that usually occurs in the bones of the skull base and spine, but his was found behind the eye.
Instagram @joseenriquee36 Jose Enrique shows off where doctors operated to remove a brain tumour
Instagram @joseenriquee36 Luis Enrique undergoing proton therapy to help destroy cancerous cells
Enrique underwent a nine-hour operation in Spain last June.
The former left-back, now working as an agent, posted a host of pictures on social media to keep fans updated on his progress.
The set of pictures included him undergoing proton therapy which helps to destroy the cancerous cells as he fights to recover from the rare condition.
Enrique also shared an inspirational message to his 274,000 followers on Instagram.
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Instagram @joseenriquee36 Jose Enrique with partner Amy-Jaine
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This last month has been the hardest of our lives.. we found out on a travel to London that Jose has a rare type of brain tumor. he has since then had it removed successfully and is in recovery. we are so lucky and thankful for the help of St. George’s hospital London and neurosurgeon Dr Simal here in Valencia. Jose has always been a person who eats amazingly healthy, never drank alcohol or smoked in his life and had a career as a professional footballer. It puts everything into perspective in life and just shows that anything can happen to anyone at anytime. So hold your loved ones close, cuddle them when you can, tell them how much you love them and appreciate all the goodness that you have around you. Life is too precious ❤️🙏
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This last year has been by far one of the most difficult and thrown the biggest challenges our way… but without a doubt we are thankful for everything we have gone through and couldn’t be happier with the way everything has turned out! So happy to be ending to the year with Jose finishing his protontherapy treatment, a new house on the way and counting down to 2019 with amazing friends in Paris! Here’s to a healthy, happy 2019 filled with Love for everyone!! ❤️✨🍾🥂
PA:Press Association6 Jose Enrique moved to Newcastle in 2007
PA:Press Association6 Jose Enrique moved to Liverpool in 2011
He said: “Hello guys. First of all thanks so much for all the messages and your support, it has been amazing.
“I just wanted to share with all of you some pictures of what I have been doing for the last two months.
“I just wanted to leave a message for the people that are going through bad times health wise or other problems.
“It doesn’t matter how big the problem is you can fight it and go through it.
Instagram @joseenriquee36 Jose Enrique posted a message on social media thanking fans for their support
"The most important thing is the way you take it and I have really surprised myself how I have reacted going through all of this.
"Don’t believe you can’t do something, it doesn’t matter how hard it is #WECAN.
“Thanks again for the lovely support.”
After four years at St James’ Park, the Spaniard moved to Anfield in 2011 and retired from football in September 2017 while at Real Zaragoza due to a persistent knee injury.