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Eintracht Frankfurt extend contract of fan favourite Marco Russ

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Eintracht Frankfurt has extended the contract of defender Marco Russ. Russ' new deal will keep him at the German football club till May 2019.

The 31-year-old defender, who was diagnosed with a malignant tumour following a routine anti-doping test in May 2016, on Saturday extended his current contract for two more years.

"I am pleased and proud to be able to continue playing here until 2019," Russ said. "I have to thank those responsible who have given me their trust despite my current situation."

Russ has been a part of the Frankfurt furniture since 1996, barring a short spell at Wolfsburg. He has 256 competitive outings under his belt for Eintracht Frankfurt and has also chipped in with 22 goals.

"Marco is a role model with the right attitude and a home grown Frankfurt player," Frankfurt's sporting director Bruno Huebner said. "We wish him all the best for his recovery."

Frankfurt sit in seventh place of the Bundesliga standings after securing two wins and one defeat in three games.