Football Fern Rebekah Stott is close to match fitness after a three-month rehabilitation period following ankle reconstruction surgery.
The 29-year-old defender has been named as a substitute for Brighton & Hove Albion for their last two games in the England Women’s Super League, but has not yet taken to the pitch.
Albion’s game this weekend, against West Ham United, has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
However, Stott is expected to push her way into the team in the New Year, especially as the team has been struggling without her, leading to the resignation of manager Hope Powell after an 8-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Stott had ankle surgery in September.
Stott had signed a two-year deal with WSL club Brighton in time for the club’s pre-season campaign, after leaving A-League club Melbourne City.
In December 2021, she made her return to football after undergoing four months of chemotherapy treatment to treat her stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
She announced she was in remission in July 2021.