Find the position of the Xth occurrence of a substring in a string

/**
 * Find the position of the Xth occurrence of a substring in a string
 * @param $haystack
 * @param $needle
 * @param $number integer > 0
 * @return int
 */
function strposX($haystack, $needle, $number) {
    if ($number == '1') {
        return strpos($haystack, $needle);
    } elseif ($number > '1') {
        return strpos($haystack, $needle, mslib_befe::strposX($haystack, $needle, $number - 1) + strlen($needle));
    } else {
        return error_log('Error: Value for parameter $number is out of range');
    }
}
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