Injured Crystal Palace star Gemma Bryan slams club over 'lack of medical support'

Bryan has scored over 100 goals for the club (Gemma Bryan Twitter)
Bryan has scored over 100 goals for the club (Gemma Bryan Twitter)
19:42pm, Sat 14 Sep 2019
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Crystal Palace forward Gemma Bryan claims her club did not support her when she suffered a serious ligament injury.

The 32-year-old, who has scored more than 100 goals for Palace, claims the only help the club gave her was an initial MRI scan which was organised by the medical team for the men's side.

"I got left in limbo" she said.

"The costs were up to about £8,000 for the treatment and the women's club said they wouldn't be able to fund it and I'd have to go on the waiting list for the NHS.

She added: "They haven't bothered to see how I am. Even a phone call to ask how I am doing. The club have just left me and hung me out to dry."

The 2019 season has seen a rule change in the Women's Super League which means that clubs must provide medical insurance for their players. However, this will not extend into the lower leagues until next season.

Bryan claimed the injury affected her mentally as well as physically, adding: "With long term injuries, people will struggle,

"I have been talking to a counsellor as and when I can. I have managed to get up and do my day job but it's been tough as it's in the health and fitness industry," said the player who also works as a personal trainer.

Crystal Palace Women have responded to Bryan's claim, saying: "Gemma remained fully paid, beyond the terms of her agreement, until the end of the season when her registration expired.

"She was also offered ongoing continued access to rehabilitation support beyond the end of last season."

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