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    Ellie Roebuck opens up on hope of making ‘safe and quick’ return to football after suffering a stroke

    ELLIE ROEBUCK’S outlook on life has taken “a massive shift” after she suffered a stroke.It is ten days since the England goalkeeper, 24, bravely opened up on her “road to recovery” from a left occipital infarct – a type of stroke caused by a blood clot clogging an artery in the brain, often causing problems with vision or even loss of sight.Ellie Roebuck says being on the road to recovery from a stroke has altered her outlook on lifeCredit: GettyThe Man City and England goalkeeper has no intention of putting herself under pressure as she targets a ‘safe and quick’ return to footballCredit: GettyRoebuck, who has made 92 top-flight Manchester City appearances, said: “At the start, it’s kind of scary because your understanding is not really there.”I’m not a doctor so I didn’t really, fully understand what was going on.”I went through a period of time where I wasn’t feeling too well, and I was struggling to perform.“I knew something was wrong, but it was never something that crossed my mind in order to realise it would be something as serious as that.Read More Football Stories “But I’ve been surrounded by great medical professionals, and I’m able to follow their advice on this road to recovery.”I’m in a fortunate position where my support network of medical health experts has been amazing.”I’m able to follow their advice on this road to recovery.”Football’s my love and my passion.Most read in Football”It’s something that I’m glad I’ve got to focus on, in order to get back to the pitch and get back playing – it’s a great aim.”As a professional athlete, you always like to have targets and challenges. And for me, there is no better challenge.”This is just a powerful reminder that life is super unpredictable.”Three years ago, it would have been unthinkable to imagine Roebuck not being a starter in goal for club and country.Back in February 2021, the Sheffield-born shot stopper had signed a new three-year deal with WSL giants City.That contract came two months after the then-England starter had been shortlisted for Fifa’s Best Women’s Goalkeeper gong.Roebuck’s nomination had followed a 2019-20 season where she kept ten WSL clean sheets – miles ahead of any of her rival goalkeepers in the English top-flight.However, the Man City ace has not played a competitive club game since last May when she was sent off during a 2-1 loss to Manchester United.For Roebuck, whose City contract expires at the end of this season, her hope is to make a comeback on the pitch in the safest way possible.Roebuck hopes Man City make their end to this WSL season a title-winning oneCredit: GettyThe tests that uncovered her having suffered an occipital infarct, also concluded there was no lasting damage to her brain or vision.Roebuck, who reportedly attracted January transfer from Barcelona, added: “I’m at a time where I’ve got to listen to my body.“But I’ve got great medical professionals who I listen to. “For me it’s about getting back to football as quickly and as safely as possible – that’s my priority. “But I’m not putting any pressure on myself.”It’s no secret I’m out of contract with Man City at the end of the season, but I’m excited for what’s around the corner.”It is two years since Roebuck was named in the England squad that won the 2022 Women’s Euros.However, the goalkeeper, who also was part of the Lionesses group that reached last summer’s World Cup final, was left out of Sarina Wiegman’s squad last November.Today will see Roebuck’s England pals play the Republic of Ireland with both teams targeting their first win in the qualifiers for next year’s Euros.And in the future, she hopes to again be part of a Lionesses group vying for European glory.The 11-cap England keeper said: “To be a part of the squad that won (the Euros) was incredible. And to do that back-to-back would just be a dream.”My perception on life has taken a massive shift and this is something I’d be grateful to be a part of again.“I’m excited to watch the girls and support them in the Euros qualifiers.”Roebuck insists her health concerns has given her extra food for thought around planning for the future in particular when it comes financial matters. I really look after my body. I’ve been performing at high level for so long that I never really expected something like this to happen.Ellie Roebuck Off the pitch the WSL ace is hoping to encourage members of the public to learn about individual savings accounts and financial planning.The City keeper is collaborating with the free-to-use smart money app Plum.According to its creators, it aims to improve people’s financial resilience.Roebuck said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to live without any health scares up to now.”This current period of my life has made me understand more about how important looking after your money is.“For anybody I would really affirm that it is important to have these kinds of things in check because you never know what’s around the corner. “I’m young, fit, healthy and I really look after my body and take care in everything I do. “I’ve been performing at high level for so long that I never really expected something like this to happen. “I guess if I use it as a learning curve, then I would reiterate how important it is to look after the money you and try and make sure you have some financial stability.”On the pitch, Roebuck hopes to see Man City win their first Women’s Super League title since 2016.Gareth Taylor’s side are currently top of the WSL ahead of their clash with West Ham next Sunday.However, title holders Chelsea, who are second and three points behind, have a game in hand and host Aston Villa on April 17.For Roebuck, a Man City title win this term would be the perfect send-off for club heroine Steph Houghton.The City skipper, who turns 36 this month, will retire at the end of this season – ending a trophy-laden career spanning more than 20 years.Roebuck adds: “I refer to Steph as a superhero because, on and off the pitch, she’s overcome so many challenges. “She has been a driving force for the women’s game.”She’s such a special person and to watch how she has put her stamp on the game is inspiring. READ MORE SUN STORIES”The buzz around the training ground is massive and it’s nice to be a part and get into the nitty gritty end of the season.“It’s a nice refreshing challenge.. hopefully we can get some silverware and that would be nice with the skipper announcing her retirement to get something special.”Roebuck hopes Man City can be crowned WSL champions this term with Steph Houghton retiring at the end of the seasonCredit: Reuters More

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    Leah Williamson looking forward to playing for England after ‘emotional’ return to Lionesses squad

    LEAH WILLIAMSON admits being back in England’s squad has been “emotional” with her return to national action drawing closer. On Tuesday, Williamson is due to make her international comeback when her team play the Republic of Ireland in the Euros qualifiers. Leah Williamson is set to captain England tomorrow in her first appearance for the Lionesses since last AprilCredit: PASarina Wiegman’s side will face the Republic of Ireland in their second game of the qualifiers for the 2025 EurosCredit: PAEileen Gleeson’s Republic of Ireland players are after their first win of the qualifiersCredit: SportsfileThe group stage clash between the Euros champs and Eileen Gleeson’s contest hopefuls will be Williamson’s first game in an England shirt since last April.  It comes almost a year after a knee ligament rupture on Arsenal duty led to the 43-capped Lioness missing last year’s World Cup.  Her last appearance for the Lionesses was on April 11th last year when Sarina Wiegman’s side fell to a 2-0 friendly loss to Australia. Five days before that game, Williamson led the Lionesses to victory against Brazil in the Women’s Finalissima.Read More Football StoriesWhile she was called up before England’s February friendly defeats of Austria and Italy, a hamstring issue forced her to withdraw from the squad. Williamson, who was on the bench for England’s Friday night draw against Sweden, said: “I’m an emotional person and you’ve all seen me cry on many occasions. “But it was emotional for me on Friday because if there’s a team that you want to play for in the world, I think the Lionesses will be up there. “I love playing for England. I don’t think I was a calming presence for anyone during the World Cup, especially. Most read in Football”But I’ve enjoyed watching the girls, I’ve enjoyed being a part of that journey and in a different way. “I’ve got people that play for the team who are very important to me.”But it’s been a difficult journey and I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t the thing that I sort of have my focus on. “This is where I wanted to get back to. I wanted to be good enough to get back into this squad.”Williamson, who made her senior England debut in a World Cup qualifier defeat of Russia in 2018, made history when she captained the side to Euros glory in 2022.Of the difference the centre-back could make to her team, Lionesses boss Wiegman said: “In possession, she’s just very bright. “She finds the right pass, the flexibility with the defence being able to defend the space behind her together with everyone else.”Defending doesn’t just start with one player, it starts with the team.”But that’s what I hope Leah will bring to the team.”England’s duel with their rivals at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will see both teams chasing their first win in their quest to qualify for the Euros. Only the top two teams from their group are guaranteed automatic qualification with the third and fourth-placed sides entering play-offs. The Republic of Ireland, who competed in a Women’s World Cup for the first time ever last year, are currently bottom of group A3 in League One after their narrow 1-0 loss to France on FridayAnd Williamson expects the Lionesses will come a well-organised side on Tuesday.Of the challenge she expects England to face, Williamson added: “I’m expecting them to be really disciplined in the way that they defend.”We saw their result against France, so I think it’s going to be a test for us to move the ball and move them. “They’ve got key players up top but also a strong defensive line as well. “I know those girls really well so it’s going to it’s going be a good one.”Williamson and Lotte Wubben-Moy will be up against Arsenal team-mate and Republic of Ireland ace Katie McCabeCredit: GettyAmong the Republic of Ireland’s key players is Williamson’s Arsenal team-mate Katie McCabe.The versatile winger, made history last summer when she became the first player to score for her country at a Women’s World Cup during their group stage duel with Canada.On if she has had any contact with her Gunners team-mate before the game, Williamson said: “There’s been no contact. “She would know that there’s no communication this week. That’s not necessary.Of the threat McCabe poses to England, the Lioness captain adds: “Katie is a big personality, someone who is very proud of where she comes from.McCabe was part of the Rep. of Ireland side that lost 1-0 to France in their opening Euros qualifier gameCredit: Sportsfile”She has been authentic with that, with the fans so a lot of people connect to her in that way.READ MORE SUN STORIES”She knows her strengths and she has those strengths that can be game-changing as well.“And she is someone who has raised the profile of the game, her game, and subsequently Arsenal.” More

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    England’s Lauren Hemp ready for ‘tough and physical’ Euros qualifier challenge from the Republic of Ireland

    LAUREN HEMP is relishing a physical test against the Republic of Ireland after England’s tough Euros qualifier draw against Sweden.And the Lioness, 23, wants the European champs to strike fear in their rivals as they chase the first win of their push to play in next year’s contest.Lauren Hemp wants England to seal their first win in the qualifiers for the 2025 Women’s Euros following their 1-1 draw against SwedenCredit: GettyThe Lionesses are currently third in group one of League A after sharing the spoils with Sweden in their first game in the contest’s qualifiersCredit: AlamyThe Republic of Ireland will be England next opponents. The team fell to a narrow 1-0 home loss to FranceCredit: SportsfileHemp came close to scoring in the dying stages of England’s Wembley duel with Sweden.Their qualifier opener ended 1-1 after Fridolina Rolfo levelled in the second half following Alessia Russo’s headed first-half goal.The result leaves Sarina Wiegman’s side third in their group before their Tuesday night clash with the Republic of Ireland. Only the top two teams from the four groups of League A of the Euros qualifiers are guaranteed automatic qualification for the tournament Teams that finish outside those positions will battle for the 2025’s remaining places via play-offs against national teams from Leagues C and B. Ahead of the game at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, 55-capped Hemp said: “We let it slip and we let Sweden score and it’s very annoying.“We had lots of chances that we couldn’t put away and could have been a bit tighter on the ball at times but it’s on to the next (match).“It’s going to be a very physical game (against the Republic of Ireland) but we’re all up for it.Most read in Football“We’ve all played in big games before and I’m excited to go there, I’ve not played there (at the Aviva) before.“It’s going to be a tough game, we know that, but we also know how good we are as a squad and we can take on anyone.”England’s score draw against Sweden included Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy making her first start under Wiegman in a Euros qualifier.And her club and country team-mate Leah Williamson, who skippered England to Euros glory two years ago, was named on the benchThe 13-capped centre-back, 25 said: “Sarina said, ‘Go out and enjoy it. You’ve earned it’.“That put a smile on my face because delayed gratification brings a lot of joy and I wouldn’t have wanted to get a start without it being justified.Of the 1-1 end to their duel with Sweden, Wubben-Moy added: “We’re quite disappointed in general because this is the first step in our qualification journey.“There’s a lot we can learn from this both personally but also collectively as a team.“We posed Sweden challenges and we’ve got to look at that and take the positives with that too.The Republic of Ireland whose stars include Arsenal’s Katie McCabe, fell to a narrow 1-0 loss to France.“The result leaves them bottom of what has been dubbed a group of death the qualifiers for a place in next year’s Euros in SwitzerlandAnd with England playing in the qualifiers for the first time as contest champions, Hemp hopes opponents will fear the threat posed by her team.The forward added: “We are European champions, and we want to keep that. Herve Renard’s France are currently top of group A1 in the Women’s Euros qualifiers following their win against the Republic of IrelandCredit: AFP”It’s important for us to win as many games as possible and get ourselves back in and amongst it.READ MORE SUN STORIES“It’s good to have teams come up and be like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got England’, that’s what we want to be.“We want to be a hard-working team, hard to beat. I think it’s great having that.” More

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    Sarina Wiegman says Leah Williamson is in a “good place” with England ace closer to comeback

    SARINA WIEGMAN insists Leah Williamson is in a good place with the Arsenal star nearing her long-awaited England return.And the Lionesses boss confirmed the centre-back, 27, would captain her side should she feature against Sweden on Friday evening.Leah Williamson returned to full training with her England team-mates ahead of their Euros qualifier match against SwedenCredit: GettyWilliamson’s last appearance for England was in a 2-0 friendly loss to Australia last AprilCredit: PAEverton’s Hanna Bennison is among the WSL stars who could feature for Sweden when they take on the Lionesses at WembleyCredit: AlamyEngland will face the World Cup semi-finalists at Wembley in their Women’s Euros qualifying opener. The clash comes after 43-capped Williamson took part in a full-training session on Thursday after doing an individualised session on Tuesday.Wiegman said: “We needed to manage her a little bit. She had a full training session on Wednesday.”She’s still building but she’s in a good place and ready.”It’s really good that she’s back, first of all for herself, because she’s so excited to come back.”And that means she’s fit so it’s good to have another quality player in the squad.”Williamson, who last played for the Lionesses last April before being sidelined by a serious knee, is among eight England aces who played in the Conti Cup final on Sunday.The match saw Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 before ending with an angry exchange between Blues chief Emma Hayes and Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall.Most read in FootballA touchline spat occurred between the rival WSL bosses following a throw-in dispute involving Eidevall and Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert. It was preceded by the Blues wanting to use a multi-ball system despite initially opting for a single ball usage.And it was followed by Hayes shoving the Gunners gaffer shortly after the final whistle. On Wednesday the FA confirmed they will not be taking action against either bosses with Hayes accusing Eidevall of “male aggression”.Wiegman, 54 said: “It (the Conti Cup) was a great final, very competitive, so that emotion goes up.”I haven’t been there in that situation so of course I do not want to comment on that one day before we go into our most important game.On if she has concerns about the touchline behaviour of managers, Wiegman added: “In general – not just in this specific situation but in general – we are an example as coaches for everyone who’s watching, but also in society. “We’re being watched a lot and it’s good to have good behaviours.”But I just don’t want to continue talking about this. We have such an important game.”We are playing Sweden and that’s what I want to focus on, that’s my main job right now.”England will be without the services of goalkeeper Khiara Keating with the Manchester City starlet, 19, withdrawing from the squad due to the knee.Keating’s departure has led to Wiegman calling up Southampton shot stopper Kayla Rendell.The Women’s Championship ace, who was voted Saints player of the season last term, has made four appearances for England’s Under-23s.And in a post shared via social media she described her first senior call-up as a “proud moment” for herself and her family.Following their friendly defeats of Austria and Italy in February, Wiegman wants England to lay down the gauntlet for their rivals in the Women’s Euros qualifiers.A clash with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin next Tuesday will following their duel with Sweden.And Wiegman insists her side have put the disappointing end to last year’s Women’s Nations League fixtures to bed.She said: “We’ve passed by that disappointment now because we went on a camp in February, and we played two games.”The team really showed this is who we are, this is how we want to play and really showed there was so much energy.Southampton goalkeeper Kayla Rendell has been drafted into Wiegman’s England squad following Khiara Keating’s withdrawal due to a knee problemCredit: Getty“But they were friendlies, although we didn’t really approach them as friendlies.READ MORE SUN STORIES”It gave us an opportunity to play many players, to see where we’re at as individuals but also as a team.”But now, it’s for qualifiers. So yes, it’s absolutely an opportunity for us to show again what we can do.” More

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    Arsenal star Frida Maanum fitted with heart monitoring device after worrying collapse in Women’s League Cup final

    ARSENAL star Frida Maanum has been fitted with a heart monitoring device following her horror collapse. The Norwegian, 24, collapsed off the ball in injury time of Sunday’s Continental Cup final.Frida Maanum has been fitted with a heart monitoring deviceCredit: PAThe Arsenal star collapsed during the Continental Cup final at MolineuxCredit: PAShe was treated on the pitch at Molineux by at least ten paramedics before being carried off on a stretcher while receiving oxygen.The Gunners provided an update on Maanum on Thursday, confirming the decisions made following various medical examinations.Arsenal said: “Following the incident during The FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final on Sunday, which resulted in Maanum being substituted at the end of normal time, she has undergone extensive testing and support from our medical team at Arsenal.”The test results have been reviewed by two leading cardiologists and there are no obvious cardiac causes found from these thorough investigations so far.READ MORE ON FOOTBALL”Frida has subsequently had a monitoring device fitted to record her heart function and will now undergo a progressive return to training protocol. “Once Frida has been monitored for a full one-week period, her normal training will be closely reviewed and monitored, before a decision will be made on her returning to play.”Due to her continued progression and assessment at Arsenal, Frida will not be joining up with the Norway national team for their forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against Finland and the Netherlands.”Maanum was treated for around eight minutes on the pitch before play resumed at 0-0 and the match went into extra-time.Most read in FootballArsenal – who went on to win 1-0 thanks to Stina Blackstenius’ goal – later confirmed Maanum was speaking and in a stable condition.Maanum’s mother Liz-Heidi Leonhardsen was watching the match from home in Oslo and explained the “nightmare” ordeal she went through.Chelsea women’s coach Emma Hayes SHOVES Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall in heated scenes after losing League Cup finalSpeaking of the ordeal to Norwegian paper VG, Leonhardsen said: “It was a nightmare to follow the whole thing on TV without knowing what was going on. “Fortunately, I received a relatively quick update from a friend of hers who was at the match.”Frida is doing well now and she is being followed up by the medical team at Arsenal.”Who is Frida Maanum?
    FRIDA MAANUM arrived at Arsenal in 2021 from Linkoping.
    An all-action midfielder, the 24-year-old can play anywhere in the middle of the park.
    She made her debut for Norway aged just 17, and has now won 72 caps for her country, scoring 12 goals.
    Maanum was part of the Norway 2023 World Cup Squad.They progressed into the round of 16 where they lost to Japan 3-1.
    She appeared off the bench in that game. More

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    Jess Park hopes more ‘good things will come’ in her England career with Lioness eager to follow Sarina Wiegman’s advice

    JESS PARK aims to heed Sarina Wiegman’s advice and keep up her “hard work and consistency” on the pitch.And the England forward, 22, hopes to replicate the stunning form that boosted Manchester City’s charge to the top of the Women’s Super League.Jess Park, Lucy Bronze and their England team-mates will face at Sweden at Wembley on April 5 in their first Women’s Euros qualifier game this yearCredit: ReutersPark hopes to maintain consistency in her form with the versatile forward impressing for Man City this seasonCredit: GettyPark and Lauren Hemp are among six Man City aces in Sarina Wiegman”s 23-player squadCredit: GettyThe Lionesses’ Friday night Euros qualifier clash with Sweden at Wembley could see Park in international action. The game comes just under two weeks after her standout shift in the WSL Manchester derby.Park’s two goals and a classy assist for Man City striker Khadija Shaw earned the playmaker plaudits from pundits and match observers.Amongst the Etihad crowd watching the player and City and Man United’s England aces, was Lionesses boss Wiegman.Read More Football StoriesAnd the two-time Euros-winning head coach is encouraging the forward to keep the momentum going.Park, who helped City beat Brighton 4-1 on Saturday with the team going top of the WSL,  said: “Sarina just says keep up with the consistency, keep doing well and keep working hard and good things will come.“I managed to show that in that game in particular.“I’m working hard at club and waiting for the opportunity and when it comes, hopefully taking it.”Most read in FootballBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERPark’s stock has risen considerably since her goal-scoring cameo for England on her senior international debut in November 2022.Following a call-up as a replacement for England heroine Fran Kirby, who was contending with a viral infection at the time, forward made a cameo appearance during a 4-0 trouncing of Japan.Mary Earps, Lauren Hemp and Millie Bright given gongs as sport & music stars celebrated in New Year’s Honours listBack then the Yorkshire-born WSL star, who was on loan at Everton, came on as an 89th minute substitute scoring a minute after her run out.Seven-capped Lioness Park is one of six City stars included in England’s squad for their April Euros qualifier games against Sweden this week and the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.Lauren Hemp, Alex Greenwood, Chloe Kelly, Khiara Keating and Esme Morgan are the other City aces called up by Wiegman.And the forward feels having club colleagues in the camp could help with the continuity of her performance.She adds: “Me and Alex are quite close at club, so she helps me get involved here. “Hempo and Esme and the City girls really do help me when I’m away here, but all the girls (at international camp) are genuinely lovely.“They try and include me as much as possible. And I think that’s really important from them. And it’s really nice for me as well.“The girls are incredible girls, and they (all) make you feel comfortable as soon as you come into the environment, off pitch (and) on pitch.”Park’s progress this season follows a successful loan spell at Everton last term.It’s a move she credits with helping her become more “confident and capable” to play for City.The forward, who made 17 top-flight Toffees appearances helping Everton finish sixth, has since gone on to play in 14 WSL games for City this season. scoring three times.When asked which aspects of the game have improved the most since her return to City from Everton, Park said: “I think my game awareness off the ball and my confidence on the ball.“Going on loan last season really helped with that and being in and around squad has also helped, but I’d say they’re probably the main things.“It’s feels at the moment I’ve been very patient.“I went out on loan got some experience last year, came back and now finally getting an opportunity to show a bit more about me (as a player).”One player who Park credits as helping to influence her career and growth is former England captain Steph Houghton.Last month the veteran Man City centre-back, who made 121 Lionesses appearances, announced her plans to hang up her boots at the end of this season.With her retirement the Durham-born English football heroine, 35, will end a trophy-laden playing career in which she won 16 domestic trophies including 3 WSL titles and five FA Cups.Park said:  “I remember watching the (London 2012) Olympics and seeing her score a free-kick and I idolised that.“Being able to meet her, play with her and just actually get to know Steph as a person. Park paid tribute to Man City team-mate Steph Houghton with the former England skipper due to retire at the end of this seasonCredit: Getty”She’s an absolutely incredible person. The stuff she does on the pitch is obvious to everyone and it’s incredible.“But with the stuff away from the pitch and how she’s helped me and the advice she’s given me – she’s a top person.” Only the top two teams from England’s Euros qualifiers group will claim automatic qualification for next year Women’s European Championship taking place in Switzerland.The Lionesses, who won the Euros on home soil under Wiegman in 2022, will also France in addition to Sweden and Republic of Ireland in the battle to reach next year’s tournament.And the teams who finish outside the top two places in their group will have to battle it out in play-offs for a place in the contest.Tottenham’s Matilda Vinberg and Everton’s Hanna Bennison are among the WSL stars who could feature for Sweden when they take on England this monthCredit: GettyPark adds: “We all know it’s a difficult group. READ MORE SUN STORIES”There’s a range of teams and we are going to face different challenges with each and every one. “I think, just focusing on us and making sure we’re prepared and we’re ready is very important More

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    Arsenal star Frida Maanum’s mum reveals ‘nightmare’ of watching her horror collapse on TV as she gives health update

    FRIDA MAANUM’S mum has spoken of her “nightmare” watching the Arsenal star collapse during yesterday’s Continental Cup final.Maanum, 24, was attended to by at least 10 paramedics at Molineux after collapsing off the ball in the 95th minute.Frida Maanum received treatment on the pitchCredit: GettyShe later received oxygen as she was stretchered offCredit: AFPMaanum’s mum Liz-Heidi was left worried sick during yesterday’s finalCredit: Instagram @maanum99The Norwegian was treated on the pitch before being stretchered off while receiving oxygen, to the applause of the crowd.Arsenal later confirmed that their midfielder was speaking and in a “stable” condition.Her mum Liz-Heidi Leonhardsen was watching the match from home in Oslo.Speaking of the ordeal to Norwegian paper VG, Leonhardsen said: “It was a nightmare to follow the whole thing on TV without knowing what was going on.”READ MORE ON ARSENALShe then added: “Fortunately, I received a relatively quick update from a friend of hers who was at the match – Frida is doing well now and she is being followed up by the medical team at Arsenal.”The match went to extra time when it eventually resumed, with the Gunners going on to win 1-0 courtesy of Stina Blackstenius’ goal.After his side’s win, Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall told talkSPORT of Maanum’s condition: “I have been able to have a conversation with her but not on a medical perspective.”I just checked in with her, how she is doing and telling her that we won and understanding a little bit about the next steps, but I don’t have any medical update.Most read in Football”She is going to travel back with the team and after that we will provide an update.”The reason for Maanum’s collapse remains unclear.Chelsea women’s coach Emma Hayes SHOVES Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall in heated scenes after losing League Cup finalArsenal star Alessia Russo said after the game: “It’s devastating to see one of your team-mates go down like that. We’re all wishing and praying that she’s okay.”I think it was written in the stars that her best mate went and scored the winner for her.”Frida is a massive player and plays with every bit of her body. She did that today. We just hope she’s okay.”Who is Frida Maanum?
    Frida arrived at Arsenal in 2021 from Linkoping.
    An all-action midfielder, the 24-year-old can play anywhere in the middle of the park.
    She made her debut for Norway aged just 17, and has now won 72 caps for her country, scoring 12 goals.
    Frida was part of the Norway 2023 World Cup Squad.
    They progressed into the round of 16 where they lost to Japan 3-1. She appeared off the bench in that game.
    Capable of playing in midfield or defence, Maanum has been a regular for the Gunners this season, appearing in 17 matches.

    After Arsenal’s win, boss Eidevall was involved in a spat with Chelsea counterpart Emma Hayes.As Eidevall went to shake Hayes’ hand, she appeared to shove him away.Hayes, 47, subsequently said: “I think there’s a way to conduct yourself on the touchline, I really do.”I think it’s absolutely essential that we role model in the right way. I’m not down for male aggression on the touch line,”I’m really not, and fronting up to players, for me, that’s unacceptable. I’m disappointed and I told Jonas that.”I don’t think it’s okay to behave like that. He got a yellow card and he should have probably been sent off.”I’m all for competing to win, I’ve never been booked in 12 years, my time here, I totally accept he’s a winner and wants to win but his behaviour on the touchline wasn’t acceptable.”The way he fronted up to Erin (Cuthbert) I didn’t think was acceptable.READ MORE SUN STORIES”I was clear with him, I did not think it was acceptable. It’s not the first time he’s been told about his behaviour on the touchline.”I want to say congratulations to Arsenal. They’ve won and I don’t want the talking point to be about that.”Emma Hayes clashed with Jonas Eidevall after the game More

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    Chelsea women’s coach Emma Hayes SHOVES Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall in heated scenes after losing League Cup final

    EMMA HAYES shoved Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall in heated scenes at the end of the League Cup final.The Chelsea boss was left enraged at full-time in extra-time after the Gunners ended Chelsea’s quadruple hopes.Emma Hayes shoved Jonas Eidevall during heated full-time scenes in the League Cup finalCredit: GettyThe two head coaches clashed after the final whistle at MolineuxCredit: BBC SportAs Eidevall approached Hayes following the final whistle, she could be seen gesturing towards him before pushing him away.The shocked Arsenal boss showed his disbelief by pulling a face as he walked away.Hayes could then be seen arguing with other members of the Gunners coaching staff.Asked about the altercation after the match, Hayes told BBC Sport: “I think there’s a way to behave on the side of the pitch and not for the first time, I’ve been in women’s football a long time and I don’t think we should tolerate male aggression like we did today.READ MORE IN FOOTBALL”Fronting up or squaring up to a player is something that’s unacceptable.”I’ve never been booked in 12 years of my career but I think there’s a way to behave on the touchline. He received a yellow card but perhaps should have been more.”Arsenal had snatched victory late on in the additional 30 minutes thanks to Stina Blackstenius’ goal.CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSThe Swedish forward broke the deadlock with the only strike of the match four minutes from time.Most read in FootballIt came after Mayra Ramirez had seen a goal ruled out by VAR for Chelsea after an Erin Cuthbert handball in the build-up.Emma Hayes breaks down in tears live on Sky Sports as Chelsea stars gift her emotional present to honour her late dadChelsea’s hopes of an historic quadruple during Hayes’ final season are now over.The Blues are into the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and Champions League.Meanwhile, they are second in the Women’s Super League behind Manchester City, but have a game in hand.Hayes is set to step down at the end of the campaign after 12 years in charge to take over the USA national team.Hayes and Chelsea saw their quadruple hopes dashed by Arsenal in extra-timeCredit: Getty More