Fran Kirby is back in individual training for Chelsea as she continues her comeback from fatigue, with Emma Hayes emphasising the importance of taking her recovery 'one step at a time'.
Kirby has not featured for the Blues since February, and in April Hayes confirmed the Chelsea forward would be out for the foreseeable future, leaving her as a doubt for Euro 2022.
Although the 28-year-old will not feature in Chelsea's WSL title decider against Manchester United on Sunday, she is back on the grass and being managed carefully.
"It's fatigue related, it's nothing major," Hayes said. "What I know is she's getting a lot of support, she's been out to Barcelona and we've been giving her support around how to manage her fatigue. All the strategies from nutrition to recovery.
"I think the next start is getting the volume right, now she's feeling in a better place. I think the most important thing is that it's about Fran. She's on the grass, she's training, she's back in individual sessions. That might progress next week and then take it from there.
"I know she won't mind me saying this, she has to take it one step at a time. I know she's thinking of the summer or a game next week - we just have to take it one step at a time. And I think we've got underneath how to handle some of her symptoms of fatigue which is the main thing, so that's good news."
Kirby has previous when it comes to overcoming illness, having come back from a bout of pericarditis – an inflammation around the heart – in 2020 and going on to scoop the 2020/21 WSL Player of the Season award as Chelsea stormed to the treble.