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Ellie Roebuck: Manchester City and England goalkeeper on 'road to recovery' after stroke

Ellie Roebuck in England training
Ellie Roebuck has 11 caps for England [Getty Images]

Manchester City and England goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck says she is on the "road to recovery" after having a stroke.

In a post on social media, Roebuck said tests found she had suffered a "left occipital infarct" but there was no lasting damage to her brain or vision.

Roebuck, 24, who has 11 England caps and was part of the Euro-2022 winning squad, last played for City in May 2023.

"I'm now really positive and excited for my return to the pitch," she said.

Roebuck said she had tests having "not felt well for a little while".

"I've had many weeks of follow up tests, specialist appointments, and with the support of the medical team at the club I'm on the road to recovery," she added.

"It's great to be back with the girls, working on my rehab and more importantly feeling back to being normal Ellie.

"Life can throw unexpected challenges at you and if this year has taught me anything, it's that I'm strong and will give it all I've got for the thing I love most."

A left occipital infarct is a type of ischaemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot clogging an artery in a brain. When this occurs in the occipital lobe, it is referred to as an occipital infarct.

The occipital lobe is the visual processing area of the brain and strokes in this area can cause visual impairments and loss of sight.

Roebuck earned the last of her England caps in 2023 and has appeared 131 times for City, having come through Sheffield United's academy.