Fran Kirby to take break from football for an indefinite period
Chelsea and England star Fran Kirby will take an indefinite period away from football due to health issues after spending over nine months out when she was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2019
- Fran Kirby is set to to take time out from football due to ongoing health struggles
- Kirby spent over nine months on the sidelines because of a heart conditition
- The 28-year-old hasn’t played for Chelsea or England since February
Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby will take time out from football for an indefinite period as she battles ongoing health struggles.
The 28-year-old, who has not played for club or country since February, spent over nine months on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a heart condition at the end of 2019.
Kirby said on Twitter: ‘I’m sad that I have to write to you all another message like this. With this being an on-going issue throughout my career, it was time to put my health first.
Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby will take time out from football due to health issues
‘Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to message, I’m doing everything to try and come back once again.
‘But until then, I will be Chelsea and the Lionesses biggest fan with you all.’
Kirby spent over nine months on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a heart condition at the end of 2019
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes, whose side play Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday, said at a press conference earlier on Friday that Kirby has been suffering with fatigue.
Hayes said: ‘I don’t have a definitive reason why that is, we don’t know, but we’re trying to get to the bottom of it and taking the time we can to try and find the right solutions for Fran.
Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes said that Kirby has been suffering with fatigue
‘This is something that’s been ongoing and unfortunately until we get to the bottom of it Fran won’t be available for selection.’
Kirby was voted Women’s Super League player of the season last year, having played a key role for Chelsea in their treble-winning campaign and scored in England’s Arnold Clark Cup win against Germany in February.
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