A 3-2 WSL victory at Tottenham Hotspur would be cause for celebration in any circumstances, but Everton's triumph in the capital in late February carried extra significance for Willie Kirk's squad.
The match represented centre-back Gabby George's return to competitive action 376 days after her previous Toffees appearance. George – who sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in an FA Cup win at Bristol City in February 2020 – was introduced as a half-time substitute at Spurs and promptly delivered a commanding defensive display, reminding all Evertonians of her expansive range of attributes.
In our latest episode of the Official Everton Women Podcast, George is joined by Everton physio Charlotte Doughty to discuss the physical and mental challenges of undergoing surgery and an exacting rehabilitation programme during lockdown.
Doughty explains how George’s competitive streak and relentless work-ethic underpinned her return to peak fitness.
George, meanwhile, outlines why she believes the women’s game “will only get bigger and better” with WSL matches set to be broadcast regularly on Sky Sports and the BBC from 2021/22 – and how cousin Jesse Lingard’s outstanding Premier League form and return to the England squad has been an inspiration.
Gabby and Charlotte also take on our 60-second quiz – and one of the pair is now top of the leaderboard!
Listen to our podcast with Gabby George and Charlotte Doughty here.
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