FOOTBALL player Laura Montgomery has missed a crunch match after being stranded in Germany because of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud that closed down airspace.
Laura, who is captain of Scottish Women’s Premier League joint leaders Glasgow City Football Club, was enjoying a rare break near Frankfurt with her German club pal Katharina Lindner, 30, when the aviation crisis happened.
Laura, from Paisley, and striker Kat missed their Glasgow Green club’s game against Spartans in Edinburgh on Sunday – but their team mates still managed to pull of a 4-2 win.
Now the girls will be stuck in Germany until Monday because their re-scheduled flight for today has also been cancelled – meaning they will also miss this Sunday’s match against Dundee United.
Defender Laura, 34, told the Paisley Daily Express: “We flew out last Wednesday and were due to fly back into Edinburgh on Sunday morning for the Spartans game in the afternoon.
“We are joint top of the league with Celtic, and going into the game we missed Spartans were in the top four. So it was a top-four clash for us and was one of the most important games of the season.
“Kat was home for her sister’s First Holy Communion and to see her family, and I just came with her for a break.”
Thousands of Scots are stranded overseas because of the bizarre aviation situation.
Laura, who works as a national account manager, had only taken two-and-a-half days off work to jet out to Germany.
She explained: “We don’t take breaks during the season because we train every night during the week and play at the weekend.
“We’re missing Dundee United on Sunday. It’s not a top-four game, but they are all very important matches.
“Kat is a lecturer at Stirling and at St Andrew’s Universities, and she has about 30 essays to mark now!”