05:00PM, Sunday 17 October 2021
Ryan Bird has provided fans with an update on his knee injury and thanked them for their thought and generosity after £4,752 was raised for him and his family through a GoFundMe campaign.
The Rebels launched the campaign after Bird ruptured his patella tendon in last month’s game against St Alban’s City at Arbour Park.
He’s since undergone an operation and has started the recovery process but won’t be able to work for three months and isn’t likely to be back playing football for at least six months.
It is hoped the money raised by Slough fans, and fans of Bird’s other former clubs, will compensate for his loss of earnings during this period.
“Just a quick message to say thank you to everyone who helped out,” he said.
“I cannot believe how generous and thoughtful people can be. It has really helped a lot!
“Quick update on how my injury/recovery is going. For the first few days after the op the pain was excruciating, the worst I’ve ever experienced. “However, after two weeks I am completely off painkillers.
“I had all 21 staples out two weeks ago and the nurses said the wound is healing very well. I also saw the specialist and he said I will be in the knee brace for a total of 10-12 weeks, with no bending of the knee for six weeks of that time and then adjust the brace gradually so I can bend my knee.
“I have been given little exercises to keep the leg ticking over but nothing major. I can get about the house on crutches, but I will be off work for three months and football for six months minimum. So, for now I will continue to watch every series ever uploaded by Netflix!
“Thanks again and I will see you soon”