DUNFERMLINE chairman Bob Garmory has backed Jordan Moore to win his battle with skin cancer.

The 20-year-old revealed on Twitter on Wednesday that he is being treated for melanoma skin cancer after being quizzed by fans over his recent absence from the Pars' first-team.

The Press understands that the on-loan Dundee United striker, who has scored eight goals in 20 appearances for Athletic, has undergone successful surgery to remove to a cancerous cyst in his cheek with doctors advising him not to take part in training or matches until the surgical wound has fully healed to prevent infection.

Garmory said that Moore had the full support of the club, commenting, "He has been dealing with this situation for quite sometime and everybody at Dunfermline Athletic Football Club wishes him and his family the very best.

"You do not wish to see anyone deal with such circumstances, especially such a young man, but I suppose the one big factor is that he is a young, fit and healthy male and it seems to have been caught early.

"He's a very talented young player and there has been many occasions in the past few months that we wished that Jordan had been an option to us.

"I can also assure Jordan that if he turns up at the stadium on Saturday then he will get a rapturous reception from the Dunfermline Athletic supporters." Moore's last top-team appearance for the Pars was during the 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers in February and, having initially joined on a six-month loan deal in the summer, he extended his stay in December until the end of the season.