West Aussie Tombides makes West Ham debut a year after battling cancer
Dylan Tombides

Perth-born teenager Dylan Tombides made his first-team debut for West Ham this morning, little over a year after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The 18-year-old came on as an 84th-minute substitute in the Hammers' 4-1 League Cup defeat to fellow Premiership side Wigan Athletic at Upton Park.

After the game Tombides, who is still receiving treatment, tweeted his delight at getting a game for Sam Allardyce's side.

"To be involved tonight and get on the pitch while going through treatment is so rewarding shame about the result but we move on #BigPicture," he tweeted.

"Thanking all fans, friends and family who have messaged me tonight congratulating me I hope to repay you with goals in the near future!!"

Tombides was diagnosed with cancer while playing for Australia during the Under 17 World Cup in Mexico just over a year ago.

The West Australian

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