The return of Rebekah Stott to the New Zealand international fold for the A-League Melbourne City player will be a welcome one for the Football Ferns. Stott has not played internationally since being diagnosed with Stage 3 Hogkin's Lymphoma a year ago.
Her treatment and recovery kept her from participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, the Games were a memorable on for Stott, having been told she was in remission the day of the Fern's opening fixture in Japan.
“This goes beyond football,” said Football Ferns head coach Jitka Klimková when talking about the call up.
“Stotty’s situation is very unique – very few players have gone through what she has and returned to international football.
“She is a fighter. We all hoped and believed that she would come back, and watching her performances each week for Melbourne City has shown what a role model she is.
“She means so much to this team and we’re honoured to have her back."
The New Zealand sporting community have now sent the A-League and Football Fern a heartwarming return on her international comeback.
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