Striker returns after broken leg
The first day of pre-season training is always a key date in any football player's calendar, but Tuesday night's opening session marked an even more significant milestone for Millwall Lionesses striker Emma Whitter.
Having suffered a broken fibula in Millwall's first-ever Women's Super League fixture last April, Emma has endured nine months of rehab before finally returning to training at Bromley Arena earlier this week.
"I feel really, really great," she said. "I'm tired but it's a good tired. I love pre-season because it's hard work and hard work does good things for you as a player.
"I'm very passionate about football; I love the game and I want to play it. I'm also very passionate about the team and the players here and I like to push them on to do great things for themselves and for the club."
Also returning to training was Emma's rehab partner Dionne Lennon, and the striker explained how the pair had helped each other back to fitness.
"It meant a lot to have Dionne there throughout the rehab," Emma admitted.
"If you are on your own then you don't have that little extra push to carry you through. It was fantastic to have someone there to give me that encouragement when I felt that I couldn't go anymore."