All Whites and Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz has had a skin cancer scare after a melanoma was found on a leg during a routine check-up.
The New Zealand international was diagnosed with stage-one melanoma.
"The last year has been a bit tough injury- and health-wise," Smeltz said in an interview with magazine FourFourTwo.
"I've just had keyhole surgery in my hip and I was recently diagnosed with stage-one melanoma when they found a suspicious mole on my leg."
Smeltz said the melanoma had been removed and was fortunate to have discovered it at an early stage.
Announcing yesterday that he had been given the all-clear Smeltz encouraged his fans to also undergo routine checks.
His wife Nikki said the health concern shocked her family.
"We got it at a good time, but still, it was frightening," she told the magazine.
The prolific goalscorer will miss the start of the A-League season with a hip injury, sustained during Perth's pre-season campaign, and the 31-year-old could also be in doubt for the All Whites' World Cup play-off in November.
- Sydney Morning Herald