ENGLAND hockey star Alex Danson has revealed she is on the road to recovery after suffering a brain injury.

Southampton-born Danson used to play for Trojans before going on to become GB and England’s most capped player, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

But the 33-year-old sustained a brain injury while on holiday in August.

She provided the following update on her progress on Instagram.

“It’s been quite a journey. Six months ago I hit the back of my head. I knew straight away something wasn’t right, but as a typical athlete, I tried to wave it away and pretend I was ok.

“Six weeks later I was rushed into hospital with a suspected bleed, being violently sick and having seizures.

"Six months on and it’s been the hardest experience I have ever been through. When I came out of hospital a walk to the bathroom was near impossible and the very most I could do.

“I was in bed for 24 hours a day for weeks on end. I couldn’t tolerate light, sound or people talking to me.

“My memory, concentration and ability to read and look at screens was zero.

“I’m getting there. I can now walk for nearly 30 minutes, I can hold a conversation and remember how to boil an egg!

“My headaches are still bad and I feel dizzy most days, but one thing I guarantee is I WILL get there. One of the hardest part in all this, aside from the Physical trauma, has been losing my identity. Going from leading my country, aspiring to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics to just trying to get through a day.

“Head injuries are serious, debilitating and lonely. To everyone that has been in touch, my family and to my amazing boy, you have been my lifeline.

When I have days when I feel well enough I will document some of my recovery… I will also share what I have learnt as I have so much to be thankful for.

I’ve not been well enough up to now and I’ve not been sure whether it’s something I wanted to do. Goodness, people go through far worse than this and have to be much stronger than I.

"But I’ve always got most joy in life by trying to serve others and just maybe this will help one other person support someone going through the same ordeal. I think in doing this it will help me. For all this has taken from me in the short term I am determined I will take more from IT in the long term.”