As you will all be aware by now, Ryan Bird suffered a serious injury during our game against St Albans City on Saturday. The club would like to thank Lucy Tebbitt and the staff from both clubs who helped attend to Ryan on the pitch and get him off to hospital safely and securely.
The news on Ryan’s injury isn’t good and is worse than first thought - a ruptured patella tendon that will require surgery this week. Best estimates at this stage put his recovery time at six months. This is a huge blow for everyone at the club, not least because Birdy had started the season in great form and he will be a huge miss out on the pitch and in the changing room.
Rest assured, the club will be doing all we can to support Ryan in his recovery and fill the void left by him on the pitch. Our immediate priority however is to make sure our player and his young family are looked after.
An unfortunate consequence to this injury is that Ryan is self-employed away from football and will not be able to work for two months. In the past when the likes of Adam Foulser and Mark Scott suffered career-threatening injuries we have always made a point of organising a fundraiser to help compensate for loss of earnings and a few fans asked after the game if we would be setting something up for Ryan, and we all feel this is the right thing to do.
If you can afford to donate any sum, it will go a long way to giving Ryan and his family some peace of mind while he begins the long road to recovery. We all hope it’s not too long before we see Birdy flying in amber and blue again.
Click here to visit the GoFundMe page and donate.
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