Stopper Fulop taking a break

by Kate Smith

Goalkeeper recovering after tumour op.

Former Black Cats shot stopper Marton Fulop is taking time out from football after having surgery to have a tumour removed.

The 30-year-old, who spent four years with Sunderland, had an operation on his arm last week and is now recuperating.

Following the op, Fulop has revealed that he is confident he will make a full recovery and plans to continue goalkeeping practice.

He said: “I am sure that, after a few months, I will be ready both physically and mentally, to continue playing football.

“What is more, I’d like to train between the treatment courses, as the doctors have said this is fine, and, in fact, they heartily recommend it

“I am very grateful for all the messages and good wishes – it really helps me that many are thinking of me.”

Fulop was brought to Sunderland in 2006 by manager Roy Keane. After four years on Wearside it was the same manager who would take the keeper to Ipswich Town in the summer of 2010.

The Hungarian went on to have a spell with West Bromwich Albion, before moving to Greece to play for Asteras Tripoli in the Super League.

Fulop is hoping that after the treatment he will be well enough to resume playing football and is looking for a new club after his contract with the Greek club expired.

 “My contract has come to an end and, with a successful season behind me, there were some great career opportunities in front of me.”

He continued: “But for the time being I cannot dwell on these, and I wouldn’t want to put a club’s management in such an awkward situation that they have to deal with my problem.

“I’ll be following the Facebook page and from time to time will endeavour to publish my most important news but I ask everyone, including the media, to respect the fact that I’d like to concentrate strictly on my recovery and will be unavailable for comment over the coming months.

“I didn’t want to cover anything up as I feel I must be honest with the public and those who follow my career.

“I have thus brought my illness out into the open, the news of my operation, and soon I shall let you know about my full recovery.”

Interview taken from Four Four Two magazine