Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s New Zealand international defender Rebekah Stott has returned to Australia for medical reasons.
The 27-year-old, who has won more than 70 caps for her country, made seven appearances for Albion having joined last summer from Melbourne City.
Stott told brightonandhovealbion.com: “I would like to inform everyone that I have returned home to Australia due to medical reasons.
“Although disappointed that I will miss the remainder of the FA WSL season, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Brighton & Hove Albion so far and wish Hope and the girls the very best of luck for the remainder of the season.
“I will share an update on my health when I am ready, but until then I ask that everyone respects my privacy at this time.”
Head coach Hope Powell said: “We wish Rebekah all the best and fully support her decision to return home. In her relatively short time with us, Stotty has become an extremely popular member of the squad who is liked and respected by everyone and we wish her all the best.”