Ellen White has revealed how suffering a punctured lung was a “big reason” for her decision to retire from football.
The 33-year-old England and Manchester City striker, who confirmed the end of her career on Tuesday, endured the “traumatic” experience last year while receiving acupuncture treatment.
White had suffered back spasms after returning from the Tokyo Olympics and Manchester City arranged for her to meet an elite sports physiotherapist to provide her with acupuncture last August.
During treatment White suffered a “rare occurrence” and her lung was punctured.
She returned in early September, but White told BBC Sport how it contributed to her decision to retire.
“If you’d said to me two or three years ago that you’re going to retire, I would have said ‘absolutely not’, but I’ve got to a time in my career,” she said.
“I had a challenging time last year – coming back from the Olympics, I basically punctured my lung, and it was a lot for me to have to go through and a big reason that accelerated my want to retire.”