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Hayes ready to return in front of 40,000 fans | 'It's nice to be back'

Emma Hayes says she is ready to return to her duties as Chelsea Women's manager, adding there is nowhere better to do so than in front of 40,000 supporters when her side take on Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Hayes has been away from the touchline for over a month after undergoing an emergency hysterectomy, with her assistant Denise Reddy and general manager Paul Green stepping up in her absence.

The manager could not have picked a better game for which to return, with London rivals Spurs heading to Stamford Bridge in front of a sold-out crowd for their WSL clash.

Hayes joked: "I told my doctors my first game back was in front of 40,000 and they were like, 'Really?' I'm about ready for that.

"The club have done so well to be able to sell out and I'm just really looking forward to seeing the fans and getting the chance to be with my team again.

"There's no better place to play than Stamford Bridge."

Hayes returned to work during this month's international break but warned she will require more time to return to full health.

It's nice to be back," said the Chelsea boss, who is celebrating 10 years at the club. "I've had six weeks of recovering and I still think it will take probably through the rest of this year to return to complete normality.

"I'm just grateful to feel a lot better and happy to come into a team that's been doing well in my absence, and just to be around the staff and the players again."

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