By Chris Harris
Faye White has been ruled out for the rest of this season - for the best possible reason.
The Arsenal Ladies captain is expecting her first child and the news has prompted her to call time on her international career. But Faye has yet to decide whether she will return to club duties after her baby is born.
"I'm pregnant and I'm going to be a Mum for the first time in October," a delighted Faye told Arsenal.com.
"Obviously I have told the team and the manager [Laura Harvey] and I know I won't be playing for a while. But basically I am coming towards the end of my career now anyway so there are lots of decisions to be made.
"I have spoken to [England boss] Hope [Powell] and this will more or less signal the end. I have had 15 or 16 years with England and I think this was always going to be my last year. Having made that decision after the World Cup I picked up yet another injury and had to have keyhole surgery on both my knees, which has been quite a struggle to come back from.
"But I have always overcome injuries in the past and I was determined to get over this one. I finally got back to playing and training in the New Year but basically my international career will be over now. But Hope was delighted for me, we spoke about my career in the past and what it means going forward now."
The door may have closed on Faye's England career but she has kept it ajar for Arsenal. After 27 honours in 15 seasons, the club captain does not want to say goodbye just yet.
"I have been at this club for so long and I love playing still," she said. "There is something in me, despite all of the injuries, just makes me not want to give up.
"You are just waiting for that thing in your head to switch off really. I don't know how I will feel once I become a Mum or how I will balance things. I just don't want to be too hasty in making a decision about something which is very dear to me.
"For now I just want to enjoy the news and see how I feel about everything. It's funny - in the past I have missed games with injuries and sat there upset, wishing I could be out there. Now I realise I have a whole new life ahead of me. If there is ever a reason not to be playing then this is probably the best one."
Read the full interview with Faye in the Official Matchday Programme for the Arsenal Ladies v Chelsea game at Emirates Stadium on Thursday, April 26.18 Apr 2012