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New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Major League Soccer squad to undergo leukemia treatment, the team said on Monday.
The 24-year-old American has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a rare but treatable form of blood cancer, but is not excepted to be hospitalized and does expect to return to the team at some stage.
"The Revolution fully supports Kevin as he begins treatment," Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. "Right now, the most important thing for Kevin, and his family, is to concentrate on returning to full health.
"Kevin has had a tremendous attitude since the diagnosis and his positivity is an inspiration for all of us."
Alston has started all four games this year at left back for the Revolution and has started all 116 MLS games he has played since joining New England in 2009.