A FOOTBALLER’S horrific injury has prompted her teammates to set up a crowdfunding page to pay her medical bill.

Influential Gillingham FC Ladies’ Vice-Captain Vanisha Patel, 25, tore her anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Portsmouth, and requires reconstructive knee surgery.

Teammate Jade Keogh established the online campaign to raise £5,000, and said: “Vanisha clashed with another player in a tackle that made all of our hearts drop.

“Sometimes these things just look a lot worse than they actually are, but after an MRI scan we found out the worst news possible – that V had completely ruptured her ACL.

“This news left our whole team speechless, and gutted to be without such an influential and courageous player for the rest of the season.”

The campaign, called ‘Help V Get a New Knee’, had raised £2,535 as we went to press.

To support the appeal, please visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/vanishapatel