ANN-KATRIN BERGER will be receiving treatment this week after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer for a second time.
The Chelsea goalkeeper, 31, shared details of the recurrence in a written statement published on her Twitter page.
It comes almost five years after the player was initially diagnosed with the condition in November 2017, during her spell at Birmingham City.
The WSL ace went on to make a full recovery and was named in the PFA’s Team of the Year in 2018, before sealing a January 2019 move to the Blues.
In her statement, Berger said: “I’ve said before that as a sportsperson, you have to fight every day to be the best you can be and that’s something I will continue to do.
“I hope by sharing my journey I can help others that find themselves in a similar situation.
“I am working closely with my club doctor and specialist in London, and my treatment will start this week.
“I remain positive that my treatment will be as effective as last time, and I’m looking forward to returning to the pitch and seeing you all at Kingsmeadow and Stamford Bridge.”
In a message of support on their website, Chelsea wrote: “Everyone at Chelsea is behind her during this difficult time.
“The club will provide any support we can to help her make a speedy recovery.
“We look forward to seeing her back between the posts for the Blues as soon as possible.”
Berger has been a solid presence in goal for the Blues over the past three years.
The Kingsmeadow ace helped the club win eight major trophies – including three league crowns following her 2019 arrival.
And she won the WSL’s Golden Glove award in May 2021 after keeping 12 clean sheets in the 2020-21 season.
Berger also helped her team to a league title and FA Cup double last term.