Marco Russ thanks Frankfurt for extending contract amid cancer battle

FRANKFURT, Germany -- German footballer Marco Russ has thanked Eintracht Frankfurt for extending his contract by two years while he undergoes cancer treatment.

Russ, 21, praised the Bundesliga club's trust "in my current situation." Frankfurt said Russ signed the new deal to 2019 before Saturday's win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Russ was diagnosed with testicular cancer after a tumor was found before the relegation playoff games against Nuremberg in May. He underwent surgery immediately, followed by chemotherapy.

Frankfurt says Russ hopes to return to training early next year.