Chelsea manager Emma Hayes pointed forward Fran Kirby will be available for the FA Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday, which was also a huge boost for England before the Euros this summer.

Kirby hasn’t played since February and was excluded in the “foreseeable future” last month due to health issues. The 28-year-old spent nine months on the sidelines after he was diagnosed with heart disease in 2019, but before the final was held in uniform.

Chelsea had planned to gradually rebuild Kirby after she returned to training this week, but Hayes said the forward looked sharp as she said she was ready for full participation.

“I don’t want to put any pressure on her because I love this baby and she’s been through a lot, but she looked like she wasn’t even there,” Hayes said Friday. “She looked so good in training.

“It’s nice to see a smile on her face and she’s involved in everything. Earlier in the week, we said, “Let’s see how it goes.” She said, “I’m fine,” and trained all week. Honestly, I’m in a hurry. “

Kirby starred alongside Sam Kerr in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Arsenal last season in the postponed FA Cup final in December. adds another dimension to your team.

“She is a talent of the generation. Maybe I’m biased because I work with her, but rarely have I seen a footballer who can do what she does, since she finds a place, makes decisions, plays with selfless attributes. In her eyes on the back of her head. “

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