THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for a local footballer after he was seriously injured during a match last weekend.

Ryan Bird was rushed to hospital after he sustained a ruptured patella tendon in Slough's match against St Alband.

As a result, he has undergone surgery and will not be able to play for at least six months - according to a fundraising page.

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The gofundme page explains how Ryan is self-employed away from football and will not be able to work for two months. 

As a result, slough Town FC launched the fundraiser to support the Rebels man as he recovers from serious injury.

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Writing on the gofundme page, a club spokesperson said: "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.

"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. 

"We all feel this is the right thing to do.

"Id you can afford to throw a few quid into this fundraiser, I am sure it would 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."

The online page has racked up more than £4,000 in just three days and several comments from fans wishing Ryan a speedy recovery.

In an emotional post online, the 33-year-old footballer said the fundraiser a 'an UNBELIEVABLE gesture from an amazing club'.

Adding: "I cannot thank you all enough for the help and support I have received."

Another tweet also explained his operation was a success and said: "No football injuries from the age of 10. Now at 33 I choose one of the worst ones to get.

"Long road to recovery ahead, but we got this thank you for all the messages, it really means alot."

To donate to the fundraiser go to