It is known that excess fluid as a result of vasogenic oedema formation following stroke onset obscures the microstructural characterisation of ischemic tissue by diffusion MRI. DTI-based free water elimination and mapping (FWE) has been proposed as a technique to potentially reduce the partial-volume effect. However, FWE estimation is ill-conditioned, leading to inaccurate results. More recently, it has been shown that the addition of a second dimension spanned by transverse relaxation weighting, mitigates the ill-conditioned problem. We aim here to investigate the latter model in a longitudinal study of MCAo stroke animal models.