Game is aban­doned af­ter se­ri­ous in­jury

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By DAVID BROOM­FIELD

MANCH­ESTER United Women’s game at Charl­ton Ath­letic was aban­doned yes­ter­day af­ter a se­ri­ous in­jury to home de­fender Char­lotte Kerr.

Af­ter an in­ci­dent on 11 min­utes, first-aiders at­tended to the de­fender be­fore an am­bu­lance ar­rived on the pitch half an hour af­ter the in­jury oc­curred.

Charl­ton of­fi­cials ini­tially an­nounced the in­ten­tion was for the game to restart but af­ter more than an hour’s de­lay, the sec­ond-tier fix­ture was aban­doned.

A Charl­ton spokesman said: “Due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances the game has had to be post­poned.

“We will make a full state­ment in due course and ar­range with Manch­ester United and ev­ery­one else in­volved to make sure that the girl in­volved in the in­jury is OK and that fans know about any re-ar­ranged fix­ture and that they will get in for free.

“We will not be mak­ing any fur­ther com­ment at this time re­gard­ing Char­lotte, al­though she is with our med­i­cal staff.”

United, who had looked the dom­i­nant out­fit from the off, took the lead in the 11th minute in a goal that led to the in­jury.

A long punt for­ward by keeper Siob­han Cham­ber­lain bounced invit­ingly deep in Charl­ton ter­ri­tory where Char­lie Devlin bravely headed home.

Try­ing to clear the danger, Kerr was in­jured in a col­li­sion with her own keeper Katie Startup.

Sal­ford City boss Gra­ham Alexan­der

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