United women's goalkeeper expecting baby

30 July 2019, 06:50 | Updated: 30 July 2019, 06:53

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Manchester United Women goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is expecting her first child in the new year.

United said in a statement the 35-year-old will be remaining part of the squad, "taking part in a reduced training programme and exploring off the pitch activities with the club", and added: "Manchester United would like to congratulate Siobhan and husband Leigh (Moore) on their news."

Chamberlain, who has 50 England caps, said: "We are both filled with so much love and excitement looking ahead to the coming months, as we prepare to become parents.

"I want to say a huge thank you to Casey (Stoney, the United boss) and everyone at Manchester United who have been brilliant with me since we received the news.

"I'm going to use the next few months to work on certain aspects of my game both on and off the pitch. I will be part of the squad in a slightly different capacity but, nonetheless, my focus is on helping my team-mates as we prepare for our first season in the Women's Super League.

"There is also still quite a lot I want to achieve in the game and as a goalkeeper, I still feel I've got a number of years left in me at the very top level, so I intend to come back better than before."

Stoney said: "It's fantastic news for Siobhan and we are all so pleased for her and Leigh.

"Siobhan will be fully supported by the club; she is an important player for us both on and off the pitch and we are committed to offering her a programme that suits her needs.

"We have a strong squad coming into this season and will be looking to push on this year and, although her name won't be on the team sheet, her experience and leadership will remain key for us."