Smallbone 'can take anything that is thrown at me'

2023-06-08 08:21:47  • 2 mins

Will Smallbone made his Republic of Ireland debut against Latvia in April

Republic of Ireland midfielder Will Smallbone says his journey with alopecia has made him stronger.

Southampton's Smallbone was diagnosed with the condition, which affects hair loss on the body, while recovering from a knee injury in January 2021.

"The stuff that's happened to me over the last few years, I wouldn't wish upon anyone," said the 23-year-old.

"I've shown resilience and a lot of character to know that I can take on anything that is thrown at me."

Smallbone, who came through Southampton academy, made his Premier League debut for the St Mary's side in February 2020 and was a first-team regular before his ACL injury in January 2021.

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