Lira Alushi will miss this year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada. The 79-time Germany international is expecting a child so will take an extended break from the game. It is not yet known when the 27-year-old, who plays for Paris St. Germain will return to the game.
Alushi had the following to say on the news, “Obviously I would have liked to be playing in the World Cup but some things are more important than football. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in the game so far and would like to thank those who have supported me. Family life has always been important to me and I’m about to embark on a new chapter, motherhood. I’m looking forward to it. If everything goes the way I hope, I’ll return to the game.”
“Obviously in regards to the team it’s a big loss because she’s an excellent player. However, I am delighted for her and wish her well for the future,” explained Germany head coach Silvia Neid.
26 players have been selected in Silvia Neid’s provisional squad for this year’s Women’s World Cup, which takes place in Canada. The players will link up for a training camp in Feusisberg, Switzerland on 18th May. During the camp they will face Switzerland in a friendly, which will take place in Baden (27th May, 17:00 CEST).