Fulham’s Kevin McDonald having kidney transplant on Friday and brother is donor

Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald will undergo a kidney transplant on Friday with his brother as the donor.

McDonald, 32, revealed in March he had been playing for over a decade with a kidney disease and requires an operation to improve his long-term health.

The Cottagers star confirmed on Monday that he will go under the knife at the end of this week, with his brother donating the kidney he needs.

Revealing the news to his Instagram followers, McDonald said: “For those wondering where things are at regarding my health. I'm due to have my kidney transplant this Friday donated by my brother.

“I will update you all on my recovery. Thanks as always for your support throughout.”

McDonald has received messages of support from throughout the world of football, with Charlie Adam dedicating Dundee’s play-off win over Kilmarnock to the Scottish star.

He said: “There will be plenty of tears but I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me – it’s been a great time, but I also want to dedicate this promotion to Kevin McDonald, a former player at Dundee who is going to have a kidney transplant this week.

“I want to dedicate that to him because as footballers we go through tough times. Kev, if you’re watching, that’s for you pal.”

The Fulham star has made over 500 professional appearances for a host of clubs, including Dundee, Burnley, Sheffield United and Wolves.

Speaking in March, McDonald revealed to Sky Sports the severity of his condition: “I've got one kidney that doesn't work at all and one kidney that's about 10 per cent now.

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  • “I've been playing with stage 1, to now stage 5 kidney disease, which is chronic kidney disease, kidney failure.

    “Over the years, my kidney function has got worse. That's what happens as part of the disease, it gets worse over time.

    “We hoped I could get through my football career, then have a kidney transplant at the end of it but, unfortunately, it's not happened.”

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