England captain Faye White is to go on loan to Canadian side Ottowa Fury into help her preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Arsenal LFC central defender White suffered a cruciate ligament knee injury in 2006/07 pre-season and missed almost all of her club’s UEFA Women’s Cup and domestic treble-winning campaign, as well as England’s decisive World Cup qualifiers with the Netherlands and France. She returned to international action on 13 May in the 4-0 UEFA WOMEN’S EURO 2009™ qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland and also was a substitute in a friendly win by the same scoreline against Iceland four days later.
But with England starting their World Cup campaign in China on 11 September, the 29-year-old White has little time to gain competitive match sharpness with Arsenal beforehand and has joined Ottowa for the final month of the North American USL W-League season, which ends on 21 July. "We are delighted to attract such an exciting, high profile player," said Fury head coach Frank Lofranco, whose team have been runners-up for the last two years and are bidding to reach the play-offs again.
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