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Fran Kirby: Chelsea and England striker won’t rush her return to first-team action | Football News

Last Updated: 17/02/20 2:53pm

Fran Kirby won’t rush back after four months’ sidelined for Chelsea Women and England

Fran Kirby insists she will not rush back to first-team action with Chelsea Women after four months sidelined with the debilitating condition pericarditis.

The England international striker has not featured for club or country since appearing as a substitute in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Manchester United in November.

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In the early stages of her illness, which is often brought on by a viral infection and causes shortness of breath, Kirby was sleeping for up to 15 hours a day and taking anti-inflammatory medication.

Now “feeling 100 times better” than when she was first diagnosed, the 26-year-old is preparing to reintegrate herself to Chelsea’s squad, who sit second in the FA WSL table, one point behind Manchester City and with a game in hand.

“I was struggling with understanding how it happened and why it happened,” Kirby told Chelsea’s official website.

“When I became ill the frustration went away as I didn’t even have the energy to be frustrated, I had no emotion as I was too tired. It took over my life in a negative way, I couldn’t even get up to make food.

“Now that I am feeling more like a human being I can smile again and be in a room with people again. I am coming to the other end…

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