Iman Beney, a Switzerland midfielder, will be unable to participate in the upcoming Women’s World Cup due to a significant knee injury she sustained during training. The national team of Switzerland announced this news on Tuesday.
Beney, who is a young player for BSC Young Boys in Bern, tore her anterior cruciate ligament during training just before Switzerland’s friendly match against Morocco, which was scheduled for Wednesday.
Beney has become the most recent player to be unable to participate in the tournament due to an ACL injury. Other players who have also been ruled out include Janine Beckie from Canada, Delphine Cascarino from France, and Vivianne Miedema from the Netherlands.
In response to Beney’s absence, Switzerland has decided to bring in Amira Arfaoui from Bayer Leverkusen as a replacement. Switzerland’s first match in Group A will be against the Philippines on July 21, followed by matches against Norway and co-hosts New Zealand.
Switzerland might feel optimistic about their prospects since they are the second-highest-ranked team in the group, trailing only Norway who is ranked 12th. The Philippines and New Zealand, on the other hand, are both ranked outside the top 20.
Goalkeepers: Seraina Friedli, Livia Peng, Gaëlle Thalmann
Defenders: Eseosa Aigbogun, Luana Bühler, Viola Calligaris, Laura Felber, Noelle Maritz, Lara Marti, Nadine Riesen, Julia Stierli
Midfielders: Amira Arfaoui, Sandrine Mauron, Seraina Piubel, Géraldine Reuteler, Marion Rey, Coumba Sow, Lia Wälti
Forwards: Ramona Bachmann, Ana Maria Crnogorčević, Fabienne Humm, Alisha Lehmann, Meriame Terchoun.