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Former Brighton star Stott returns to New Zealand squad ahead of SheBelieves Cup 12 months after cancer diagnosis

REBEKAH STOTT is set for a fairy-tale comeback on the international stage less than a year after being diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin Lymphoma.

This comes just seven months after the 28-year-old former Brighton star returned to the pitch emotionally after treatment for blood cancer.

Rebekah Stott has been included in New Zealand's squad ahead of the SheBelieves Cup 12 months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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Rebekah Stott has been included in New Zealand’s squad ahead of the SheBelieves Cup 12 months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s LymphomaCredit: Getty

The defender, who began his longtime club career at the Brisbane Roar in 2010, returned to the pitch on 13 July last year.

And this is Stott’s first return to the competition since undergoing chemotherapy.

Last March, the former WSL star announced she needed 4 months of chemotherapy to treat blood cancer.

And in July, the defender, who has made seven appearances for Albion, revealed that her cancer was in remission.

And the former Melbourne City player has been recalled to Jitka Klimkova’s New Zealand squad with a 23-man group competing at the SheBelieves Cup in the US this month.

Football Ferns boss Klimkova, 47, told New Zealand’s Stuff newspaper: “There’s a lot of emotion.

“There is so much happiness for us that she is where she is now, she is playing, and she is performing, and that she will be back in international football.

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“Unbelievable. It both shows her strong personality and shows her mentality.

“Just talk about it. I got goosebumps all over my body. It really goes beyond football. (Health) should always be our priority.

“She’s been going through a really tough time, but her mentality has definitely helped her get where she is and I’m very impressed with her.”

Stott joined Hope Powell’s Seagulls from the City of Melbourne in September 2020 but had to return home to Australia five months later after being diagnosed.

Her condition caused her to miss out on competing for New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics with the team leaving the soccer tournament in the group stage.

Stott discovered she was in remission on Football Ferns’ first day at games last summer.

Her national team New Zealand will co-host the Women’s World Cup with Australia in 2023.

The team will face Iceland in their first SheBelieves Cup match on February 18, followed by a showdown with the United States and Czech Republic in a one-way round-robin tournament.

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Jitka Klimkova said it is "Unbelievable" to see Stott bring her back to the New Zealand team

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Jitka Klimkova said it was ‘unbelievable’ to see Stott bring her back to the New Zealand squadCredit: Getty

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