All rights reserved. I will be taking a step back from social media as I try and allow myself the best possible chance to recover properly from this illness and get back on the pitch ASAP. Alongside a photo of her with her dog, Kirby wrote: “I haven’t had much to smile about the last 6 weeks, and haven’t had much energy to even get off the sofa to go and make myself some food. The NHS advises that, while it is difficult to ascertain the exact cause of pericarditis, it is ­typically caused by a viral infection and results in sharp chest pains, ­fever, nausea, shortness of breath and feeling light-headed. I have good days & bad days but my appreciation for people, life, has definitely been impacted and once I get over this virus I’ll be back on the pitch giving my all.". Usually people who contract the illness recover quickly, but for others, like Kirby, it can take months.Kirby revealed to more than 1,200 live viewers last night that she is feeling more positive about her recovery and said: ‘Nothing can prepare you for a completely random illness, a bit like when you are going through something that causes you some sort of depression, you’re not ready for it.‘But I’m in a much better place than I was a few months ago, I’m able to do very low exercise and I’m building up week-by-week.‘I've managed to do a few sessions of training [prior to the coronavirus lockdown]. Kirby, who also praised her team-mates for "looking out for me", missed the start of the season due to injury after struggling at the World Cup due to a series of ankle, hamstring and knee injuries. The NHS advises that while most sufferers recover from pericarditis within one to two weeks, ­recovery spans several months for others. She started to resume training this week and just wasn't well enough. © 2020 Chelsea FC. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Now Kirby, who was speaking to former England and Arsenal defender Alex Scott on Instagram, said she nearly told Chelsea manager Emma Hayes and England manager Phil Neville she was "done"  with football because she felt like a "ghost" and a "zombie". Even though I only did manage one trip out, it meant everything. It took over my life in a negative way. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Furious Jurgen Klopp accuses VAR of costing Liverpool victory in Merseyside derby: 'It's getting harder to take', Fragile Chelsea throw away two-goal lead as Southampton's late score snatches dramatic draw, Connor Goldson at the double as Rangers beat inexperienced Celtic to open up four-point lead over Old Firm rivals.

Kirby opened up about how the condition had affected her mental health – resulting in her questioning whether she would be able to overcome this setback and return to football. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. OFFICIAL Facebook Page of Fran Kirby Chelsea Women & England International https://instagram.com/frankirbyy/ She was present at Chelsea’s Kingsmeadow home ground on Sunday to watch Australian Ballon D’or nominee Sam Kerr make her Women’s Super League debut but in a post on Instagram Kirby confirmed she has not recovered sufficiently to play in Sunday's game with Bristol City. Hayes said: "She got a really bad virus.

She started training and was just not right at all. "I remember having numerous conversations and thinking, I can't do this anymore. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Those around me have seen me at my most vulnerable, and have supported me more than I could imagine. Chelsea vs Southampton, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

"The last few months have shown me the people that will really be there for you, even when you're in a rubbish mood.



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