Homare Sawa diagnosed with vertigo

Homare Sawa, the current FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, has been diagnosed with vertigo. Sawa, who was absent for two matches during the 2012 Algarve Cup which Japan lost 4-3 to Germany in added time, has benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. The condition, caused by problems in the inner ear, is characterised by symptoms including short-term, repeated bursts of dizziness. In a statement issued via her club, INAC Leonessa Kobe, Sawa stated that she hopes to return to training as soon as possible.

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