Injury-plagued defensive midfielder Anita Asante has left Chelsea FC Women after spending the last two-and-a-half years at Kingsmeadow according to reports on The Blues’ official website.

The 35-year-old Londoner has had two spells with the South West Londoners. Asante returned to Chelsea in 2018, nine years after initially leaving the club.

With the player having struggled for fitness and nearing the end of her career, it has today been revealed that Asante is leaving Chelsea. The midfielder ends her stay with The Blues after having made 35 appearances in all competitions.

Asante has missed the vast majority of the last two seasons with lengthy injury problems. The former England international first spent over nine months out with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury before tearing her quadriceps tendon upon her return to fitness. Add the high level of competition for places in the Chelsea side into the mix and it has been a very tough period for the player.

When fit, the midfielder has been used sporadically by manager Emma Hayes across all of the competitions in which Chelsea have competed in. The injury sustained early this season meant that Asante’s final campaign at Kingsmeadow saw her solely feature in the group stage of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.

The player has left Chelsea with the best wishes of everyone connected with the club.