A JustGiving crowdfunding page has beenset up after Ryan Hutchinson, a defender for Blyth Spartans FC, injured his knee during a match against Harrogate last week
The team have set up the JustGiving page hoping to raise £7,500.
Writing on the JustGiving page, organisers said: ‘During our Vanarama National League North clash with Harrogate Town, defender Ryan Hutchinson suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of action for up to 12 months – from the date of his surgery.
‘Hutchy, who earned a call-up to an England C squad earlier in the campaign, has suffered injuries to his MCL, a ruptured cruciate ligament, part of his lateral cartilage and bone injuries.’
Chris Bell, Blyth Spartans physiotherapist, said: “It’s going to be a long one for him, he’s picked quite a few injuries to his knee. He’s had an MRI scan a few days after the injury and was referred to a specialist.”
Chris added: “But certainly he needs surgery, but we don’t have a date yet – and after that it’s going to be a long-term rehabilitation for him – we’re talking more than nine months I imagine.”
Donors left messages of support on the JustGiving page: ‘With our very best wishes from Ireland.’
Another said: ‘Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery Ryan.’
At the time of writing, the JustGiving page had reached £675 of its £7,500 target.