Knee injuries, Lyon scouting, some transfers and a bit of gossip
Linköping and Sweden attacker Josefine Öqvist is at the other end of rehab training. She is ready to make her come-back on the pitch after her June knee injury, playing in a friendly next week-end.
Hammarby: Annica Svensson knäopererad
Corren: Öqvist redo för comeback
Umeå IK's assistant coach Steve Galloway will take the trip to Lyon to watch as his team's UEFA Cup semifinal opponents Olympique takes on Montpellier in the French league on Sunday. Umeå are always thorough in their preparations, Galloway also went to Belgium last fall to watch Rapide Wezemaal before the quarter-finals, which might have been over-cautious. But Galloway admits that they have a lot of respect for Lyon and says that there will be a lot to watch.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Galloway ska åka på scoutresa till Lyon
Ragna Lestander, 23 years old defender, has decided to re-sign with Umeå Södra after having spent last year playing college ball with Yuba in California. Lestander played Damallsvenskan football with Sunnanå 2003 and Umeå Södra might be able to sign another ex-Sunnanå player, young defender Linnea Gjersvold, last year at 1st division side Piteå.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Lestander spelar med Södra
Ex-Damallsvenskan side Qbik, relegated after last season, has lost 19 players following their drop from the premier division. The last was their Greek-American goalkeeper Maria Yatrakis, who turned down an offer to stay with the club and instead accepted a bid from ambitious promotion contender Jitex in the 1st division. Yatrakis was considered one of the better keepers in Damallsvenskan last year and Jitex' manager Ronny Törnqvist expressed his surprise that none of the premier division sides had tried to sign her.
Nya Wermlandstidningen: Qbik förlorar även Yatrakis
Retired Umeå and Sweden midfielder Malin Moström gave birth to a daughter last Sunday. Unlike e.g. several players on the USA national team, it seems like Swedish players retire before they decide to start a family. Hanna Marklund and, if the rumour I've heard is to be trusted, Anna Sjöström are two other mothers to be. Finland's Laura Kalmari, also due sometime in February, is on the other hand still listed on AIK's roster, with the remark "on maternity leave", so it might be different for Finns.