Carly Telford invited extra competition for the number one spot at Notts County Ladies by suggesting they sign fellow England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.
Telford, 28, dislocated her shoulder during the World Cup in Canada.
But with Notts in the FA Cup final and still in the Women's Super League title race, Telford did not want the club to suffer while she was out injured.
"I love the club and the girls and it is so important that we continue to do well," she told BBC Sport.
Telford and Notts County captain Laura Bassett, who roomed together at the World Cup, were key in helping orchestrate Chamberlain's loan move from Arsenal to Meadow Lane until the end of the season.
"It probably seems strange for me to do that," said Telford. "But we have a great shot at winning this league, so why would we look past that opportunity?
"I knew I wouldn't be fit for a few weeks, we had huge games coming up and Shiv was not playing and absolutely champing at the bit.
"We are grateful that she took the opportunity. She will really help us over the next few months."
Notts County and Telford are both hopeful that she will recover in time to face Chelsea at Wembley on 1 August.
The former Sunderland, Leeds and Chelsea keeper is the Lady Magpies' only option for the final as Chamberlain is ineligible. However, the club can ask for special dispensation if Telford fails to recover.
"My first thought was Wembley straight away and if I was going to make it," Telford said of the moment she hurt her shoulder.
"It will be tight, but I have the right staff and people around me to make sure that I will be on the pitch."