While England will be taking on Germany in the final of the Women's Euros this weekend, their fellow Lioness Millie Turner has already won her battle of the summer.
Turner, who plays in defence for Manchester United, was diagnosed with a carotid artery dissection earlier this year, a rare condition which is a tear in one of the main arteries between the heart and the brain.
If left untreated, the disease can have life-threatening impacts such as a stroke. Fortunately for the 26-year-old, the Red Devils medical team detected it when she complained of worsening symptoms after an in-house friendly.
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"My speech was slurring a little bit, the heartbeat in my ear was getting a lot worse and then yeah, I just couldn’t really focus, and I thought 'something’s not right here' and I told the doctor straight away," Turner recalled to the club website.
"He booked me in for a load of other tests and yeah literally the next day after that, I found out that I had this injury."
She was forced to stop all physical activity, putting pay to any hopes of featuring for her country in their home tournament. Having been capped at youth level for England, Turner is yet to make her senior debut.
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The centre-back has been called up to the squad on four separate occasions, though, and had seven United appearances to her name last season prior to being sidelined.
Instead of the Euros, her focus in recent weeks has been getting back out on the training pitch for the first time in six months after making a full recovery from her condition.
“I’m so happy," she beamed after making her return. "It’s been a really tough journey for me personally and just to be able to get my boots back on and get back on the pitch is an unbelievable feeling."
Turner has still of course had one eye on how her fellow countrywomen are doing, and not just because of her patriotism. Her girlfriend is England left-back Rachel Daly, who she'll be cheering on as the Lionesses face Germany at Wembley on Sunday (July 31).
Regardless of the outcome of the final, Turner holds the most important victory in their relationship. And she wants to make sure others end up with the same result.
“I want to use this opportunity to try and raise as much awareness as I can so if anyone feels any sort of symptoms [or] if you recognise that a family member is presenting any of these symptoms," she added.
"I think it is so important to just try and get any help that you can. Don’t feel stupid about it, because I’m so grateful that I had the support to be able to catch it early. Luckily, I’m back on the pitch and I can continue with my normal life.”
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