New England's Kevin Alston diagnosed with leukemia

The Revolution defender has taken an indefinite leave of absence as he battles the disease.
New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia and will begin treatment for the rare but treatable disease.

The Revolution's back line will take a major hit as Alston is a significant contributor, position but the team is now focused on the health of the 24-year-old.

“The Revolution fully supports Kevin as he begins treatment,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a written statement on Monday. “Right now, the most important thing for Kevin, and his family, is to concentrate on returning to full health. Kevin’s had a tremendous attitude since the diagnosis and his positivity is an inspiration for all of us.”

Reports have suggested that Alston's treatment will not require hospitalization and with full recovery, he could return to playing soccer at some point.

A former U.S. youth international and a 2010 MLS All-Star starter, Alston ranks ninth in career appearances for the Revs. New England has said that fans wishing to send Alston get-well messages and thoughts can email or tag tweets with #GetWellKA.

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