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Bristol City player pays for footballer’s physio after injury

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 December 2017

Chris Corner.

Chris Corner.

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A Nailsea footballer who is unable to work for four months after breaking his leg has had his physiotherapy bill paid for by a Bristol City player.

Chris Corner fractured his tibia and fibula during a tackle while playing for Nailsea and Tickenham Football Club.

The 26-year-old self-employed builder has had a major operation to repair his leg, but he is unable to work for several months.

His supportive team mates have organised a raffle to raise money for Chris over the festive period and have been appealing for help via social media.

Joe Bryan, a full-back for Bristol City, heard about Chris’ plight and has offered to pay for private physiotherapy treatment.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Bryan said: “I thought, he’s a fellow footballer and self-employed, with Christmas coming up.

“One of our physios plays in his team so I just said to him, ‘can you get him back fit and invoice everything to me?’ I’m in a position where I can do things like that, and help out where I can. I’ve been brought up like that.”

Chris has been overwhelmed by the support he has received since his injury.

He said: “It’s so thoughtful and generous of him (Bryan). I’ve never met him so it was very professional of him to do that. I’ve had so much support, it’s been amazing.”

Chris’ team mates have vowed to do as much as they can to help him while he is recovering. His football manager Al Parsons said: “We are a team and we support each other on and off the pitch.

“Chris is going to be out of work for four months and he can’t earn any money so we are doing as much as we can to get him through the Christmas period.

“We are just trying to do the best for him. The fundraising appeal has been going really well – it’s just exploded.”

Bristol City and Bristol Rovers have donated a number of prizes for the raffle and people can also win a one month family pass to Cadbury Country Club, Christmas hampers, meals at pubs and restaurants and sports wear.

The draw will be made on December 23 at 6pm in the Ring O’ Bells, in St Mary’s Grove, and raffle tickets, priced £1 each, can be bought from nailseaandtickenhamfc@gmail.com or via the club’s website at www.nandtfc.com/chris-corner

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