Rebekah Stott is 'inspiring' her team-mates as she begins treatment for cancer, according to Fliss Gibbons.
The Albion defender revealed this week that she has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphona, and has flown back to Melbourne to start her treatment.
The players will show their support for Stott by wearing special t-shirts during the warm-up before today's WSL game against Tottenham Hotspur. Stott is taking part in the World's Greatest Shave next month to help raise money for blood cancer charities.
Gibbons said, “We were all devastated to hear the news, but we're also inspired by her attitude to what she is going to go through.
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“She's incredibly positive and incredibly brave, and she knows that everyone at the club is behind her.
“We miss her a lot. She was a huge character when she was with us earlier in the season and an amazing person. She won't be far from everyone's thoughts for the rest of the season and beyond.
“Stotty is a great person to have around, so bubbly and energetic on and off the pitch. We're not surprised that she is so positive about the battle she is facing.”
Albion are in action for the first time in over three weeks and looking to build on the wins over Chelsea and West Ham before the international break that lifted them to sixth place in the WSL table.
“Sunday is going to be a tough game but we’re really looking forward to it,” added Gibbons. “We didn't play too well against them earlier in the season when we lost 3-1, and we know they have a lot of quality.
“But if we want to be in the top half of the table and push on it's the sort of game we need to win.
“There is a really good mood in the camp at the moment. We won those two games and we've had a few of the girls go off to play Euro Championship qualifiers and be successful so they have come back in good spirits.”