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FIFA Puskas Award contender Stephanie Roche is to leave her French club after a six-month spell.

FIFA Puskas Award contender Stephanie Roche is to leave her French club after a six-month spell.

The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland women's international joined southern side ASPTT Albi, newly promoted to the French top flight, last summer.

However as a non-French speaker Roche recently admitted it was proving tough to settle in her adopted home town.

According to local reports, Roche cited being "homesick and the difficulties in adapting due to the language barrier" as cause for her decision to leave. She left behind family and boyfriend Dean Zambra, a Bray Wanderers midfielder, to strike out on her own in the professional French league.

Roche will learn on Monday at the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich whether she lands the prize for the world's best goal in the qualifying period which ran from October 3 2013 to September 26 2014. Her spectacular turn and volley for Peamount United against Wexford Youths Women in October 2013 has been seen by over six million YouTube viewers.


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