Players in action Crystal Palace Women v Coventry United Ladies, Women's Championship football match, Hayes Lane, Bromley, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Former Crystal Palace forward finally has surgery to correct ACL injury

Former Crystal Palace striker Gemma Bryan will now look forward to resuming her playing career after undergoing surgery on her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.

The 32-year-old forward sustained the injury whilst playing for The Eagles last season and it is believed that Bryan has had to sit on an NHS waiting list for surgery due to FA Women’s Championship competition requirements not including the provision for clubs to provide medical insurance for their players. That rule is expected to change for next season.

Bryan has gone under the surgeon’s knife earlier today and has posted an update on her Twitter account.

The recovery time for an ACL injury can be between six and nine months therefore Bryan in unlikely to return to action until early next season. It is understood that the player was released by Crystal Palace at the end of her contract last summer and Bryan will now be keen to focus on finding a new club and getting her career back up and running once she has completed her successful rehabilitation.

The striker can only be described as deadly in the opposition box after netting over a century of goals during two spells with Crystal Palace. Bryan can also count Millwall Lionesses and Charlton Athletic amongst her former clubs.

At the time that Bryan initially suffered her injury, it was unknown whether former club Crystal Palace were considering offering her a contract extension for this season. The player had netted three goals in five appearances prior to her injury blow.

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