Pregnant Fatmire Alushi ruled out of Women's World Cup

Germany midfielder Fatmire Alushi
Germany midfielder Fatmire Alushi has won the Bundesliga and the Champions League at club level and the European Championships and the World Cup at international level

Germany midfielder Fatmire Alushi will miss the Women's World Cup in Canada as she is expecting her first child.

Alushi, 27, was part of the Paris St-Germain team beaten 2-1 by Frankfurt in Thursday's Women's Champions League final in Berlin.

"Of course I would have liked to have played in the World Cup, but there are things in life that are just more important than football," she said.

Germany's World Cup campaign starts against Ivory Coast on 7 June.

Germany team coach Silvia Neid says 79-times capped Alushi's absence from the World Cup squad will be a "major loss".

"She is an important player for us," Neid told the DFB website. external-link

"But I am of course happy for her and I wish her all the best for this new stage in her life."

The 24-team Women's World Cup will take place between 6 June and 5 July, with matches to be played in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottowa and Vancouver.