Richmond Kickers forward Matthew Delicate will undergo a medical procedure Friday to remove a cancerous growth from his kidney, the team has announced.
Delicâte, 34, is in his 10th season with Richmond and is the team’s all-time leading scorer. He will undergo a partial Nephrectomy to remove Renal Cell Carcinoma and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. Dr. Charlie Jung from Virginia Urology will perform the procedure at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. No further treatment following the procedure is planned
The growth was detected during an ultrasound performed after he suffered a back injury during a training session last month and confirmed by a CT scan. “I was frustrated after hurting my back and not being able to train and feature for the team, but in hindsight, I am very fortunate to have caught this at an early stage,” said Delicâte in a team press release. “I hope the team continues to work hard in my absence and I am aiming for a full recovery as quickly as possible.”
A native of Kent, England, who grew up in Wales, Delicâte signed as a pro with the Kickers in 2004 after setting a school record at Virginia Commonwealth by scoring 44 goals. In his 10 seasons with Richmond he has scored 94 goals and registered 21 assists in 244 appearances. He left the team when it dropped down to the USL Second Division and played the 2006, 2007, and 2008 season with Rochester Rhinos, for which he scored 19 goals. He returned to Richmond for the 2009 season and helped it win the USL championship.
“Events such as this immediately put the importance of winning soccer matches into perspective,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, the Kickers director of soccer. “We wish Deli a successful surgery, speedy recovery and look forward to having him score more goals for the Kickers in the months to come.”
Delicâte has made six appearances this season and scored one goal. He recorded his 200th point as a Kicker last season against Montreal.